There are certain narratives around Muslim women that seem to be fed into and off global media. Muslim women are veiled, resilient, have overcome odds, have broken the shackles of a very particularised Muslim patriarchy. They are not just allowed to be. If they function just as women, without the narrative of veil, patriarchy, forced marriage or suppression, they are not considered “real” or “authentic” and are often dubbed “privileged” and, hence, not required to be taken seriously. The otherisation of Muslim women is a real problem because it doesn’t allow us to stand in the fight for our rights as women.
A discussion about women who do not fit the mould and who want to be a part of the conversation.