3 Young Muslim Women Fighting for Women’s Rights
Women who fight for women are powerful. These three Muslim women believe in equality for women and girls everywhere. They continuously fight for justice, and use their voices to spearhead change. We highlight Malala Yousafzai, Isra Hirsi, and Fahma Mohamed.
When Malala was 11 years old, the Taliban banned girls from going to school. Malala loved school and she spoke publicly about girls’ rights to learn. She was targeted in a shooting, and after she recovered, continued to fight for girls’ right to education.
She’s received multiple awards, such as the Nobel Peace Prize being the youngest to receive the award. Malala also has the Malala Fund, a charity helping girls achieve the future they desire. Malala’s resilience is admirable as she continues to fight for girls’ rights to learn.
Isra is on the frontline rallying for our planet. Isra is a climate justice activist who co-founded the U.S. Youth Climate Strike. Isra stated the climate crisis “is the fight of my generation, and it needs to be addressed urgently.” Her bravery to stick up for her generation and the generations after hers does not go unnoticed. She supports the Green New Deal noting that it is an investment into her generation and generations after future.
She is urging and will continue to fight until the president recognizes that climate change is real and does something about it. We commend Isra for her passion and stance for helping the planet.
(Source: The Young Empire)
Fahma fearlessly fights against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). At the age of 14, she campaigned and joined the End FG project with Integrate Bristol, a charity co-founded by her school English teacher, Lisa Zimmerman. After three years of relentless campaigning, raising awareness, and challenging the taboo of FGM in Britain, Integrate UK successfully launched an online petition to end the practice, which received over 250,000 signatures.
Fahma became one of the youngest people in the UK to receive an honorary Doctorate of Law by Bristol University recognizing her activism and fight for policy changes. Fahma shows us no matter how old you are, you can fight for what you believe and positively impact any situation.
These women are fighting for change and freedom for women all over. Their work does not go unnoticed as it is shaping a better future for young girls worldwide.
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