Happy International Women’s Day, everyone! For the occasion, my friends and colleagues from the Ex-Muslims of North America have been working very hard to create a powerful, moving compilation of Ex-Muslim’s women’s voices, a category of voices often hidden, marginalized, and discounted. Read their words about how they view their …
In this final part of the International Women’s Day project, I want to share five ExMuslim women’s writings who wrote open-ended pieces.
Question: What are the privileges you DO have as an Exmuslim woman that you did not have as a Muslim woman?
Question: What are the privileges you do NOT have as an Exmuslim woman that you did have as a Muslim woman? (e.g. speaking openly about your beliefs, etc.)
Question: What do you wish women who have never been Muslim would understand about your experiences of being Exmuslim?
Question: What do you wish you could tell your former Muslim self?
Question: What are some parts of Islam (scripture or practices) that made you feel inferior as a woman?
Question: What do you know now about your self worth or self image as a woman that you didn’t know when you followed/believed in Islam?
To mark today’s International Women’s Day, I have invited ExMuslim women, from EXMNA and everywhere, to tell their own stories in their own voices. For too long, women from Muslim backgrounds who no longer follow Islam and related cultural norms have remained silent. Sometimes they are kept silent by force. …
EDIT: Happy International Women’s Day! The project is up. Choice excerpts here and the whole 7-part compilation here. The voices of women are underrepresented in the secular community as a whole, and especially among representations of ExMuslims. In an effort to make our voices and stories heard, here is an …