In Mexico on the day after International Women's Day, women are going on strike. According to the Washington Post, many of Mexico's 21 million registered female workers are expected to stay home from work or school.
Why? To protest gender violence.
In India, women have been fighting against rape culture as well as taking the lead in protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Registry of Citizens.
And in the United States, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the candidate whom many were pinning their hopes on to become the country's first female president, withdrew from the fight to become the Democratic nominee after a dismal showing in Super Tuesday's primary voting.
One could look at these concurring events around the world and remain frustrated at the status of women, that gender inequality still exists. But, I also look at these news stories as evidence of fierce women around the world pushing back against patriarchy and rising up to fight for our rights and honor. This is what I'm thinking about on International Women's Day.
A Muslim women's empowerment circle; image source: Delten Glebe Counseling Center
A large part of what we do here on the blog at Haute Hijab is to tell stories of women out there achieving in all areas of life. In the past few weeks alone, we've brought you posts about the important work Dr. Ingrid Mattson is doing in the area of sexual violence against women, how scholar Precious Rasheeda Muhammad is chronicling the history of American Muslims and most recently, the story of 23-year-old Nadia Mohamed, a newly-elected city council member in Minnesota.
Allah (S) created us perfect just the way we are. Our intelligence, power and strength is unmatched and God-given. I am so privileged to be able to help amplify the stories of so many Muslim women as well as report on the issues/challenges we face. I get to listen and learn from my writers and my readers and bring these discussions and nuances to you – not only on International Women's Day, but every day.
So I want to take a moment to thank you, our vast communities of Muslim women and the readers of this blog. You call each other (and me) out when it's needed and lift each other up constantly. May Allah (S) bless us all and help us continue to fight the good fight.