Raza Raheel: Islamic Feminist & Reformer

Raza Raheel

Raza Raheel

Raza Raheel is an Islamic feminist and reformer from Pakistan living in Canada. She is an eloquent advocate for gender equality for Muslim women. So, of course, she is the object of death threats.

The death threats come from what she regards as radical Islam, and she includes considerably more people than ISIS. Where the practice of Islam includes the oppression of women, female genital mutilation, and the intense persecution and execution of LGBTs, she fights for reform. Islam is practiced this way by hundreds of millions of people in many countries.

Our perspective on civil rights– human rights–  needs to include more than America.  The way people stood up for racial, gender, and orientation equality here in the U.S. people need to stand up for people dominated by radical Islam. Drone strikes are not a strategy for fostering change in hundreds of millions of people.

A possible model for this is the anti-apartheid movement. End financial relations with these countries.

Islamic feminist reformers are core leaders for making things better for everyone. Raza’s efforts are of particular note.

Happy International Women’s Day.

Listen, read.

Their Jihad… Not My Jihad! A Muslim Canadian Woman Speaks Out

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Til It Happens To You

It Could Happen To You

Survivors with Lady Gaga

I wanted this one in my blog because it’s so moving.

Scalia’s Funeral: A Strikingly Literal Metaphor For Burying Bigotry

An oppressor goes silent.

It’s regrettable this potent mind chose not to be an ally to personal freedom and citizen equality.

Human Rights Watch Report 2016: Fear Politics and Crushing Civil Society

Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth describes the twin threats. The worth reading report is here.

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