Let's All Be Feminists!
Growing up with a mother like ours, we are feminists by default. Don’t get us wrong; we had an amazing father as well, hence why we’re proudly called The Yusufs. However, because we went through the most challenging part of our lives with our mother only, we got to learn and adopt her views of what it means to be a woman.
To elaborate on that, our mother was our saviour in a time where we needed her most. Of course that is naturally expected in a mother’s role, however this was no ordinary task for a woman of her background and stature. During the civil war in Somalia we watched our mother in the forefront when it came to saving multiple lives, protecting not only her children, but also those of other women, she even negotiated with countless men twice her size in order to save and protect more lives. And because of this woman, we, all 6 of her daughters, are proud feminists today.
In our African/Muslim background, the term feminist tends to be a bit misunderstood. Hence why we chose to design these t-shirts with the word Feminist written in Arabic. Most people in the western world have this perception that a Muslim woman cannot be a feminist and that the term feminist coming from a Muslim woman is a bit of an oxymoron. On the other hand, women from our cultural background tend to associate the term with hate for men. We by no means are anti-men. But instead as Muslim women and as women of color, and especially in today’s society, we want to celebrate women. We want to celebrate women’s rights in every aspect of society. This means in public office, in the work environment when it comes to equal pay, in education, in marriage and especially in bodily autonomy and integrity.
We have come a long way as women in the battle to protect women from rape, sexual harassment, and domestic violence. Especially with the #metoo movement this year and we want to continue to shed light on all issues concerning woman.
“Feminism is a range of political movements, ideologies, and social movements that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve political, economic, personal, and social equality of sexes. This includes seeking to establish educational and professional opportunities for women that are equal to those for men.”
HERE’S TO STRONG WOMEN | MAY WE KNOW THEM | MAY WE BE THEM | MAY WE RAISE THEM