while march 8 is meant to be a celebration of women, their potential and their achievements, 100 years after the day was first celebrated, there is much to still be done. women in too many places still live lives of fear, poverty, inequality and repression:
pakistani teenager uzma ayub seeks justice for being gang-raped in captivity for a year
the situation faced by women in bangladesh, burma, india, indonesia, nepal, pakistan and sri lanka
international women’s day history and events
on a more positive note, i’m also posting links to two books: i speak for myself: american women on being muslim and love inshallah: the secret love lives of american muslim women. i came across a cheerful interview with nura maznavi, one of love inshallah’s editors, prompting me to celebrate the achievements of these women, and hope that others are given the opportunity to follow.