There is a burgeoning women's rights movement in Muslim-majority societies today. From Pakistan to North Africa, each country has a network of activists, writers and academics struggling to bring women's rights to their countries and overthrow centuries of patriarchal oppression. Networking on the internet and on social media enables them to stay in contact with each other, making the movement a transnational one.
Many women's activists and women's groups were at the forefront of the Arab Spring, and have used that impetus to continue their campaigns. Despite all the positive progress that has been made, many of these women face stiff opposition from the societies in which they operate. Yet they remain undeterred and continue to campaign for the basic freedoms that women in the West take for granted. They argue that human rights are universal rights and that exposing the subjugation of Muslim women is fighting oppression, not an attack on Islamic culture.
Pakistani women have suffered much from Islamists. Honor violence is endemic in the country, with women who incur their family's displeasure subject to anything from harassment, to acid attacks, to murder. One of the key areas in which women are restricted is in access to education. Malala Yousazai, the teenage girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for supporting women’s education, has now become an international symbol of the struggle for women's liberation."
Read article by Elliot Friedland from The Clarion Project.