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Muslim Women’s Day Celebrates the Accomplishments of Muslim Women Across the Globe

On Muslim Women's Day we highlight the women making waves in their respective fields and uplifting their communities in the process.

Women's month is not over yet! Just a couple days shy of the end of the month, Muslimgirl.com, who recently collaborated with Getty Images to create stock images depicting the diversity of Muslim womanhood, has announced its inaugural Muslim Women's Day to commemorate the many accomplishments of Muslim women around the world.


Muslim women have made serious waves in their respective fields despite the challenges they face. Today is a celebration of  those who are broadening representation through their work and uplifting their communities in the process.

Below we highlight just a few of them by revisiting some of our previous pieces on phenomenal Muslim women.

Ilhan Omar, one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women, made history last year by  becoming the first Somali-American, Muslim Woman legislator. In doing so, she's opened doors for many others. We wrote about her immense impact last year in "The ‘Ilhan Omar Effect’: How a Somali-American Muslim Woman Candidate is Mobilizing Millennial Voters in Minnesota."

Courtesy of Neighbors for Ilhan

Ladan Osman, is a Somali-American teacher and poet, whose work vividly explores Muslim identity. “It was important for me to address all the ways people attempt to override the narratives of our own lives, and the ways we subjugate ourselves and second-guess our own sense of witness,” says Osman of her work. She's one of our favorite African women poets.

Photo credit to Ladan Osman

The women of Egypt's first beach volleyball team. They were the first to represent their country in the Olympic sport since its inception in 1966. They broke ground by competing in hijab and full sleeves.

Zeynabou Mint Taleb Moussa is one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women. She's the president of the UN funded Mauritanian Association for Maternal and Child Health, working to put an end to rape culture in her country.

Via Youtube

Hedaya Wahba is yet another Egyptian athlete who's made history at the Olympics. At just 23 years old, she is the country's first woman to win a medal for tae kwondo.

CC Image via Wikimedia6.

In 2016 Fadumo Dayib became the first woman to run for President in Somalia. Talk about groundbreaking!

Courtesy of Fadumo Dayib

 

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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