This International Women’s Day we ask: Why don’t feminists fight for Muslim women? In fact, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, author and activist, has done all the work for us on this.
Hirsi Ali, who was brought up as a devout Muslim, describes the human rights crisis of our time and asks why feminists in the West don’t seem to care about the oppression of Muslim women elsewhere. She also explains why immigration to the West from the Middle East means this issue matters more than ever.
She explains: ‘Culture matters. It’s the primary source of social progress or regression. Nowhere do we see this more clearly than in the status of women. The Judeo-Christian culture – and perhaps a more apt word is civilisation – has produced over time the law codes, language and material prosperity that have greatly elevated women’s status.
‘But this progress is not shared everywhere.
‘There are still hundreds of millions of people that live in a culture – the Islamic, for instance – that takes female inferiority for granted. Until recently, these cultures – the Western and the Islamic – were, for the most part, separated. But that is changing. Dramatically so.
‘Large numbers of immigrant men from the Middle East, South Asia and various parts of Africa have brought a different set of values to the West, specifically Europe. More than a million arrived in 2015 alone. More are on the way.
‘As a result, crimes against girls and women – groping, harassments, assaults and rape – have risen sharply. These crimes illustrate the stark difference between the Western culture of the victims and that of the perpetrators.’
Please do watch this video in full.
I am not sure if Ayaan Hirsi Ali describes herself as a conservative woman but she asks the right questions, so that is good enough for me.
This International Women’s Day we salute Ayaan Hirsi Ali – the woman who asks the tough questions of the feminists.