BRADFORD MUSLIM WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION
For more than a century, people around the world have marked March 8 as a special day for women.
International Women’s Day (IWD) grew out of the trade union movement and has become an annual event recognized by the United Nations.
The seeds were sown in 1908, when 15,000 women marched in New York demanding shorter working hours, better pay and the right to vote. A year later, the Socialist Party of America declared the first National Women’s Day.
International Women’s Day was first celebrated in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. The centenary was celebrated in 2011.
International Women’s Day has become a date to celebrate how far women have come in society, politics and the economy.
Purple, green and white are the colors of IWD.
According to the IWD website, Purple signifies justice and dignity. Green symbolizes hope. White represents purity, although a controversial concept. The colors originate from the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in the United Kingdom in 1908.
The Ahmadiyya Movement of Islam has always been at the forefront of the development and emancipation of women. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association is committed to improving and increasing its community service efforts to spread the message of love and peace. It continues to be a cornerstone of the Bradford community.
For the month of March, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association celebrated International Women’s Day by displaying the efforts and achievements of women. The displays were installed at the DA Jones Beeton Branch Library, New Tecumseth Public Library and Alliston.
The coronavirus pandemic also continues to impact women’s rights. According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2021, the time needed to close the global gender gap has increased by a generation, from 99.5 years to 135.6 years.
A 2021 UN Women study based on 13 countries showed that nearly one in two women (45%) said they or a woman they know had experienced some form of violence during the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19. This includes non-physical abuse, with verbal abuse and denial of basic resources being the most commonly reported.
“Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Future” is one of this year’s themes for International Women’s Day. The day celebrates the achievements and contributions of women and girls in different fields. The day also raises awareness about women’s empowerment and gender parity.
The International Women’s Day website – which says it is designed to “provide a platform to help forge positive change for women” – has chosen the theme #BreakTheBias and asks people to imagine “a world without prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination”.
The Islamic teaching on the treatment of women is one of the most misunderstood. Western women generally view Muslim women as repressed and disenfranchised. The media portrays the stereotypical Muslim woman as completely covered and dominated by her husband, with little more status than a slave. You may be surprised to find that for 1400 years, Muslim women have enjoyed rights that Western women still fight for. Muslim women have been granted rights such as; inheritance rights, choice of spouse, right to divorce, alimony, political vote, right to choose a profession as well as the right to property.
We believe that God created men and women as equal beings. Moreover, the rights of women were safeguarded by the Holy Prophet, as he himself carried out the commandments of Allah and treated women with great honor, kindness and dignity. No other religion has protected women’s rights like Islam has.
Muslim women have contributed to the legacy of Islam as scholars, jurists, leaders, benefactors, warriors, businesswomen and legal experts.
Khadija b. Khuwaylid (died 620): A successful merchant and one of Mecca’s elite figures. She played a central role in supporting and spreading the new faith of Islam and has the distinction of being the first Muslim.
Nusayba b. Ka’b al-Anṣārīyya (died 634): She is best remembered for participating in the Battle of Uhud (625), in which she carried a sword and shield and fought against the Meccans. She protected the Prophet Muhammad from enemies during battle and even suffered several wounds from spears and arrows as she threw herself in front of him to protect him.
Â’isha b. Abī Bakr (died 678): Ā’isha was the wife of Prophet Muhammad and imparted vast knowledge to him, became a great jurist and scholar.
Lubna of Cordoba (died 984): She was also a skilled mathematician and chaired the royal library, which consisted of over 500,000 books.
Ashifa bint Abdullah: The first Muslim woman to be appointed by Caliph Umar ibn Al-Khattab as an inspector and manager of the market. Amra bint Abdurrehaman was one of the great scholars of the eighth century who was a jurist, mufti and hadith scholar
Rufayda bint Sa’ad al-Aslamiyya: The first nurse at the same time as the Prophet (saws). She nursed the wounded and dying on the battlefield during the Battle of Badr on March 13, 624 CE.
Hawa Abdi: Known as Mama Hawa, Hawa Abdi was a human rights activist and doctor who worked to provide health care and shelter to Somali women during Somalia’s civil war in the 1990s.
Sabiha Gokcen (1913-2001): She was the world’s first female combat pilot. She was appointed chief trainer at the Turkish Aviation Institution.