September 2021 marks not only the European Action Day against Islamophobia, but also 20 years after 9/11. FEMYSO, the leading voice of European Muslim youth and students, cannot but stress enough the sickness of the terrorising nature under which they often have to live, work, study and overall, just exist; as well as the sickness of all authorities lacking in ensuring Muslims’ fundamental rights, and in providing security and safety to all Muslims.
With 9/11, Muslims’ faith and identity became a sort of exam which we are forced to take. An exam in the sense of persecution and mockery, and in the form of shame praising, i.e. being forced to comply to the imaginary picture enforced on us describing how we should look and live as Muslims.
As Muslim women undergoing gendered Islamophobia, we say that we shall not remove our headscarves to comply with racist interpretations of ‘neutrality’. As Muslim students and employees, we shall not stop asking for our fundamental right to a safe space where we can perform our prayers. As human beings, we shall not stop fighting for the removal of hate speech in politics and in the public space.
Today, FEMYSO presents to you a hybrid policy talks conference within the frame of project MEET, in which policy priorities for eliminating the discrimination suffered by Muslim women are discussed by high-level speakers. For more information, go here.
FEMYSO, together with all our Member Organisations, stay committed to a more diverse, cohesive and vibrant Europe, in which all is free and safe to live and believe as they wish.
- FEMYSO (est. 1996) is a network organisation for 33 Muslim youth and student organisations across 20 European countries, and is the leading voice for European Muslim youth, developing and empowering them, and working to build a more diverse, cohesive and vibrant Europe.
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