On the 8th of March 2021 FEMYSO is proud to join the global community in celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD). We are also proud to announce that on IWD 2021 and in the year of our 25th anniversary, we are launching our largest survey of Muslim Youth on Gendered Islamophobia ever.
The theme for this year’s IWD is #ChooseToChallenge, and it is in that spirit that we believe the time has come for a monumental shift in the way that our society is governed to ensure that it serves all those that exist within it. As Muslim youth we believe we have a responsibility to follow the example provided to us by our prophet Mohammed, and from the very beginning women’s voices have been essential in the journey of our religion. We stand on the shoulder of giants, who serve as an inspiration to us all. It is in that tradition that as an organisation we #ChooseToChallenge structures and behaviours that seek to denigrate women.
Our survey comes at a time of increased Islamophobia, where Muslim women are amongst the most discrimated groups in society. However, our survey also comes at a time of increased youth activism and youth empowerment, where young people are often at the forefront of bringing major positive shifts in society. The survey seeks to tackle the issues faced by Muslim women in the job market, with our ambition being to process the data collected and produce a report which will support our work in advocating against his specific and dangerous form of oppression.
We call upon everyone fighting for social justice in Europe to join us in this journey by advocating against gendered Islamophobia at every single opportunity. FEMYSO remains committed to our mission of working towards a more diverse, cohesive and vibrant Europe.