“The fight against terrorism is also about the fight for the rights and dignity of women,” said Laura Bush, former first lady, in a November 2001 White House radio address, one month after the United States invaded.
A few months ago, the municipality of Amsterdam announced that it will implement a gender-neutral communication policy, swapping 'ladies and gentlemen' in speeches and 'dear sir/madam' in letters to 'best attendees', or 'dear resident'.
16th November, Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a report that stated that the Myanmar military committed systematic and “widespread rape” against Rohingya Muslim women and girls as part of its campaign of ethnic cleansing in the country’s Rakhine State. The report, “‘All of My Body Was Pain’:
21st November, the UK’s Channel 4 aired a documentary entitled, “The Truth About Muslim Marriage” in which it sought to undermine the Islamic Nikah contract by arguing that it does not protect the rights of Muslim women in marriage and that Muslims should be obliged to have a civil marriage recognized under British law in order to ensure that the marital rights of women were safeguarded by the British legal…
In the last few weeks, the public of Indonesia were surprised by the decision of a Muslim celebrity to take off her veil. She admitted that she did that because she has found many virtues beside Islam from many countries she visited for the traveling television program she guided.
When we are brought up in the West and attend the school systems in these countries, we are introduced from a young age to the concepts of respect and tolerance. We are taught that these concepts lie at the basis of Western societies and that citizens living in these societies should uphold these high values.