French feminist organization Fraternitee Femmes has launched a new campaign in support of Muslim women’s rights and against sexist attitudes towards women.
Femmes is asking for the international community to “recognise and support the right of Muslim mothers to decide for themselves what their children are allowed to wear and how they will look”.
“Women’s bodies are sacred,” said Fraternites’ executive director Mireille Lefebvre, who is from Paris and works with women in Muslim communities.
“This is the right to make their own choices in relation to the shape and style of their childrens clothes.
We have seen the positive results of this initiative with many women’s magazines, clothing companies, and brands in Europe and the US.”
However, it is also clear that we do not yet have a good enough picture of Muslim communities, and how much of this is based on our own prejudices.
“Women in Muslim families have faced increasing pressure to conform to a rigid religious culture, as well as from Muslim men, who say they can’t control what their wives wear.
The idea is that women who don’t adhere to these restrictive religious rules can become objects of ridicule, or worse, ostracism, in their own community.
Women have long had to deal with the fear that they would be punished for wearing what they thought was appropriate.
But Fraternities believes that many Muslim women do not have a say in what their clothing looks like.”
The new campaign, called FEMMUS, aims to help Muslim women understand their rights in a patriarchal world. “
It is only with the advent of modern feminism that women have the right and the power to express themselves in their bodies.”
The new campaign, called FEMMUS, aims to help Muslim women understand their rights in a patriarchal world.
It is a joint initiative with French feminist groups, including the Centre Française des Femmes, a French NGO that promotes gender equality in France.
“Muslim women have a right to express their opinions, and to take part in shaping the future of their communities,” said Dr. Jérôme Hébert, who founded the Centre.
“This campaign aims to show women that they are not alone in this fight.”
“It is important that the French community is aware that women can participate in this important initiative,” he added.
In France, Muslim women have an estimated 25,000 registered voters, while the country has a population of about 60 million people.