If you listen carefully, you can hear the voices of Muslim women trying to get rid of the ‘oppressed Muslim women’ narrative. What’s in a name? The answer involves a trending twitter hashtag and Donald Trump.
It all started when the parents of a soldier who died in the Iraq War in 2004 went on stage at the Democratic National Convention. The father, Khizr Khan, speeched while his wife Ghazala Khan stood next to him, silently as she was too emotional to speak. That Ghazala Khan was too emotional to speak out about her son, who was killed, is understandable, yet Donald Trump had to make the assumption that the reason she was silent, was probably because she wasn’t allowed to speak out.
As a reaction to this speculation, the Council on American-Islamic relations called on Muslim women activists to tweet about how they speak out, resulting in the hashtag #CanYouHearUsNow. A hashtag that showed the many achievements of Muslim women.
In case you missed out, here are just a few of the amazing tweets that were sent out by admirable women.
I became a journalist to pursue transparency to clarify misrepresentations. Misrepresentations that u shamelessly create. #CanYouHearUsNow
— Noor Wazwaz (@nfwazwaz) August 1, 2016
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) August 1, 2016
— Alaa Murabit (@almmura) August 1, 2016
— Stephanie Kurlow (@stephaniekurlow) August 2, 2016
— Zainab Chaudary (@chaudary_zainab) August 1, 2016
— Haia Radwan (@Haia_Radwan) August 1, 2016
— Rim-Sarah Alouane (@RimSarah) August 1, 2016
— Dr. Mariam Durrani (@mariamdurrani) August 1, 2016
I'm a female Muslim lawyer.4 generations of women writers,doctors,lawyers in familyDon't dare say Muslim women don't speak!#CanYouHearUsNow
— Sumbal Naqi (@ssnaqi) August 1, 2016
So dear Trump, next time you try to speak for Muslim women, remember that they have a voice themselves and that they’re not afraid to use it.