Feminism brings the picture of a militant babe with a bazooka clutched in her muscular arms to mind. A female Arnold with a mission to decimate the chauvinistic world and build a matriarchal utopia on its ruins.
Truth however tells us otherwise, apart from the hyped western feminism that we know of, silent progress has been made in other parts of the world that either go unreported or unnoticed.
In the world of blogging I came across some interesting Islamic feminist blogs. Here are my five favorite bookmarked ones I have been keeping an eye on-
Asra Q. Nomani- She is a muslim feminist who is fighting for the right of women to equal access in mosques and the ability to pray side by side with men. She was a former reporter for Wall Street. She is a true beacon for women; a courageous individual striving to change age old customs and traditions from within.
Hijab Madness : She is a woman who loves her hijab but wants it to be dabbled with chic designs and creative colors. She poses vital questions such as who or what oppresses women when true liberation comes from Allah.
Her blog has some interesting links that gives us a wider perspective into the minds of Muslims.
Nzingha’s soapbox- Here is an interesting blog of a muslim american woman living in Saudi Arabia. She talks about the customs and traditions in Saudi Arabia. Her recent post is about sexual harrassement by men in public spots which unfortunately is inherent in many conservative patriarchal societies.
Mukhtaran Bibi- Mukhtarman Bibi’s story is about having an infallable spirit and the heart of a lion. Though the tribesmen of her village tried to make an example of her by having her gang raped and paraded naked Mukhtaran Bibi defied the stigma of shame, fought for justice and used the compensation to start a school.
Her fight for justice continues even now, the Pakistani government had banned her from travelling to America on an invitation by a human rights group. Though the ban was lifted yet it clearly showed that women still have an uphill battle to fight when it comes to enjoying rights and privileges which we in the westernised societies tend to take for granted.
Though the last entry is not a blog yet this web page is important to me as it shows an indomitable spirit at work, thumbing its nose at the malaise that plagues the tribal world and brings hope to the heart of the suppressed by starting educational institutions to impower the female gender within the confines of a cesspool of exploitation and suppression.