Why Headscarves Matter So Much to Turkey

July 30, 2021

Many news outlets carried stories in mid-July of the Turkish government’s condemnation of a ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) upholding a ban on headscarves in certain circumstances, in which an employer wishes to convey a “neutral image.” In doing so, it is weighing into the...

Get Ready To Be Inspired By These Successful Muslim Women

October 20, 2017

There is no shortage of Muslim women to inspire, encourage and motivate. It’s 2017 and Muslim women across the globe are breaking stereotypes. No matter where they are located or what industry they are involved in — sport, fashion or politics — they are getting themselves known and setting...

Bikini Versus Burkini: What Should Men Wear?

August 31, 2016

The bikini versus burkini debate is led by male dominance over women, not ideology. What should men wear on the beach? I have never heard anyone ask that question. It has never been part of social security debates, public policy talks, social morality speeches or a politically-charged electoral...

The Unapologetic Muslim Woman

February 15, 2016

Giving agency to Muslim women to tell their own stories is the only way to understand their identity. Background A cursory Google search for the term “Muslim women” largely produces a single image: a black sheet. Muslim women are this single stereotype: a black robe covering a brown-skinned,...

Arab Women Making Waves and Breaking Stereotypes

September 11, 2015

For the new generation of Moroccan women, being held back by traditional stereotypes is a thing of the past. “In the old days, women were very good,” says Oumaima’s father. “Now, women have changed.” Oumaima is from Rabat, Morocco and is one of the local women trying to break...