Why do we associate certain people with certain words? The narrative the media puts forth is always driving our thoughts and perceptions. Ayesha Haq, a Muslim woman in America, gave her view on the dominant western media narrative surrounding Islam and the oppression she has faced because of it. Watch this video for a reminder that Muslim women are fierce and educated, even though we don’t always see that story in the media:
Government plays a big part in the narrative that we hear and experience. Unfortunately that power is not always used for good. You’ve most likely heard that the US government has a history of using political power to oppress women of color. What you probably aren’t as familiar with is how the US government has used forced sterilization as a tool to silence women. Think we are making it up?
It’s fair to say that the deck is stacked against women. But what about women who are helping to make laws to protect and provide for other women? Women make up half of the world’s population, but only 1 in 4 politicians are women and not even 7% of heads of government are female. Want to learn more about the women who are fighting for equal representation?
So we know political oppression burdens the lives of cisgender-women [women whose gender identity match the sex they were assigned at birth], but let’s talk about the experience of transgender women. In South Asia, trans women are called hijras, and although they have been acknowledged by the government, they have not been accepted. In an interview by BBC, Ananya Banik from Bangladesh said, "I'm a hijra but I'm not a burden to society."