I found this post on Tumblr. Prior to finding this on Tumblr I was learning about it from Facebook and news outlets. Femen started this campaign against “Islamist” and the Hijab. They called their project the “Topless Jihad Day” and it is meant to counter the covering of Muslim women. They walked around holding signs with anti-Islam slogans, oh and they were topless.
The post I found on Tumblr was in response to it and I found it very interesting and great. Muslim women, covered and non-covered, held up signs that represented their freedom and love of wearing a Hijab or just being a Muslim woman. I thought it was very inspiring and a good way to counteract it. The picture above is an example of one of the ways they protested against the Femen project. The article above also explains the situation further. The following passage is what I found on Tumblr that explains what the women in the pictures and the anti-Femen project is about.
“Muslim women have launched a campaign to send a message to “sextremist” collective Femen. “Muslimah Pride Day” was organised in response to Femen’s self-declared “Topless Jihad Day”, a day of topless protests around the world to support Tunisian Femen activist Amina Tyler.
The organisers of the counter-protest urged Muslim women to speak out for themselves and assert their diverse identities:
“This event is open to ALL muslim women, Hijaabi’s Nikaabis and women who choose not to wear it. Muslimah pride is about connecting with your Muslim identity and reclaiming our collective voice. Most importantly it is about diversity and showing that muslim women are not just one homogenous group. We come in all shapes and sizes, all races and cultural backgrounds. Whether we choose to wear hijaabs or not is nobodies business but ours. So please get clicking, get creative, get loud and proud.”
Using the hashtag #MuslimahPride, netizens criticised Femen’s campaign and said it reinforced stereotypes about Muslim women.
Mimicking Femen’s tactic of posting topless photos to social networks, “Muslimah Pride Day” participants shared photos of themselves expressing their opposition to “Topless Jihad Day”
I’m so happy at the response from these Muslim women, they showed Femen that all their “fighting to liberate Muslim women” is worthless because we do not need liberation or saving.