World Hijab Day!?

Today is World Hijab Day!

What next?

Maybe we can all try to mutilate our daughters on World Mutilation Day or marry off our girls on World Child Marriages Day? How about a day when our male guardians can track our whereabouts to make sure we aren’t leaving the country.

I know adult women have a right to wear the hijab (given the threats and compulsory nature of it in most places – this is very often just a formality but nonetheless) but to ask others to wear it is a tad absurd – if I’m being polite.

I am sorry but I don’t think I am the cause of fitna/chaos in the world and therefore find the veil abhorrent.

So here is my tribute to the hijab:

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A busy year for One Law for All

Here’s a letter being sent to supporters today from One Law for All:

Dear Friend,

It has been another busy year for One Law for All and we thank you as always for your support – without which, our vital work would not be possible. We are particularly grateful to our 100 Club regular donors.

Sudanese ex-Muslim and One Law for All activist Nahla Mahmoud has spoken eloquently on Channel 4 about the discriminatory nature of Sharia and the urgent need for our campaign.

Whilst 2012 has been a year of ups and downs in the fight against sharia and Islamism and in defence of secularism, equality and rights, there is every reason to be optimistic as we enter 2013.

The public debate on sharia is changing and this is no more evident than at our speeches and speaking engagements. University societies the length and breadth of Britain are increasingly speaking out for secularism and human rights. Moreover, a Bill to reign in the power of sharia in Britain has passed two readings in the House of Lords, sharia bodies have been exposed as being abusive to children in ‘marrying’ young girls to old men, forced marriage has been discussed in Parliament with a Government commitment to criminalise the practice, and One Law for All continues to grow and to influence this debate – including in our vital opposition to the far-Right and its attempts to hijack the issue of sharia law to further its own racist agenda. A summary of our 2012 activities can be seen here. [Read more...]

February 2013: Free thought in a free body

February 2013 is here.

The photo for this month’s Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar is that of Polish Feminist and Freethinker Nina Sankari.

Free thought in a free body…

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She says:

I accepted Maryam Namazie’s invitation to join this initiative for the same reasons I joined her previous campaigns, like “Stop Stoning”, The Day to Defend Freedom of Expression or the Day to Defend Apostates and Blasphemers. So I am doing it in defence of freedom of expression, freedom of speech, of freedom in general for all – men and women. However, religions are particularly oppressive and discriminatory towards women. Misogynist and patriarchal, religions deprive women of their human rights, including the right of woman to freely dispose of her own body, or they grant women the status of a half-human being only. So, as a freethinker and a feminist I strongly condemn this attitude, and support the “scream” of Aliaa Magda Elmahdy.

The big religions, not only Islam, have been created by men and in their interest; not surprisingly they want to control women’s bodies. Islamic fundamentalists cover women with veils, stealing not only their bodies but their identities. But Christian fundamentalists – with their hatred for the sinful and impure woman’s body and their obsession to control woman’s reproductive rights and sexuality are not inoffensive either. Nudity is thus our form of protest against religious will to dominate women, religious moral order and its hypocrisy. In solidarity with Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, I would like to stress that our bodies (and thoughts) belong to us and to nobody else. “They will not control us, they will not degrade us!” But also to reaffirm in a positive way that woman’s body is not just a porn product to sell. A dirty product, like for religious fundamentalists. Our body is supposed to be in harmony with our minds if we are to be happy. Our bodies are integral parts of us and there is no reason to make taboo of it. Homo sum; humani nil a me alienum puto. [Read more...]