“I’m only one person and sometimes I feel helpless in a situation.”
Warning: This post contains details of human rights abuse and the content and video may be distressing for some readers.
The issue of human rights when it comes to Muslim women has always been an ambiguous one. At best, it can be described as a struggle; At worst, deprivation of humanity.
As so many women continue to live in fear for their lives, there are so many questions that are left unsaid. For instance, where is the dialogue? What can be done to enact real change? And who will speak for those women that cannot speak for themselves?
Here, finally, is part of the answer.
A group of nine, very powerful Muslim women have come together to speak about what they describe as “one of the most alarming human rights issues in the world”.
These women, whose ideas, experiences and backgrounds make them a powerful force to be reckoned with, are speaking out for Muslim women who live in fear of persecution and subjugation.
The group includes the President and Co-Founder of Stop Child Executions, Nazanin Afshin-Jam, the President of The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow, Raheel Raza, and activist, writer and commentator, Raquel Saraswati. And together they are out to prove that no woman should have to feel alone in this struggle.
The film Honor Diaries, which touches on key human rights issues facing Muslim women today, embodies the idea that “the struggle for women is our struggle”.
The women, all of whom have personal experiences of suffering, share their stories of abuse and mistreatment that is often carried out in the name of honour. This is because family honour, as it is explained, “is vested in a woman’s body… But it’s a misplaced sense of honour.”
“I’m only one person and sometimes I feel helpless in a situation,” former Miss World Canada Nazanin says.