Featured in the International Museum of Women
I am very happy to participate in this initiative of IMOW; it is an opportunity to showcase the diversity among Muslim women and the different areas in which we are participating. I hope that more Muslim women in Latin America are motivated to make their voices heard and tell the world what they do and their hopes and goals .
As it was possible to send a photo with a story, I wrote the following and I share with you:
"I am Muslim because I am feminist. And I think this is natural. Everyone who identifies him/herself as Muslim must not have problem to be called also a feminist. Islam was the first feminist revolution in human's history. Quran came with a message of Freedom, Social Justice and Liberation.
I am activist for women rights in Islam because I'm tired of being stereotyped, belittled and despised. I am tired of ignorance of people and of hearing the men’s views on women as if they were holy revelation.
My struggle is aimed at empowering Muslim women to claim back their place and share in the building of their societies and communities. As a Muslim and a feminist, I believe in our potential to become scholars, teachers and theologians. We have the ability and the right to obtain and disseminate knowledge, to lead a prayer and be in charge of our communities. Muslim women aren’t voiceless; our voice has been ignored by generations.
It’s time to speak up loud. We Muslim women have to stop being awrah (in arabic, something or someone must be kept in disguise). We can- and we have to- be the change we want to see. And at the same time we recognize the legacy of our sisters from the past, it’s important to acknowledge our role in the present history and take back our caliphate (share in the society) without hesitation.
Islam has honored women and women have honored Islam. It’s in our hand to create a new legacy for the future.