During the month of June, the team at Outburst! launched it’s first twitter campaign on issues that affect Muslim women in the city of Toronto. 5 twitter conversations were conducted, each around 5 community based research projects that each of our team members are currently pursuing. We thought it would be a unique way to discuss the issues and get an understanding of what others are thinking on each of our projects. What emerged were vibrant and necessary conversations from our community on the #SistersEntrance; #MuslimMenAreTold; #MuslimahInSports; #MosqueDiversity; #DeafMuslimahs; & #QueerMuslimahs. Below are some highlights from a few of these conversations:
The Outburst! Twitter conversations are a small slice of our larger community based research project “We Speak for Ourselves”. Research projects that are led by and centre the voices of young Muslim women. “We Speak for Ourselves” will be launched at a research symposium in the spring of 2015 and funds raised by the Outburst! online campaign will be critical in making this happen. The research symposium will be composed of a panel featuring the voices of young Muslim women as they present to their communities on the issues that affect their lives. Rarely do we come across research that honours our voices as central and necessary and your contribution will allow for this to happen.
The masjid/mosque can be an important space of healing and community for young Muslim women. However, as young Muslim women, our presence and participation is often limited in the mosque and amongst decision making bodies (i.e. via partitions/barriers, representation on boards, etc.) As a result, the masjid/mosque becomes a space where our gendered roles play out and at times, the masjid may become yet another source of emotional, spiritual, physical and psychological trauma.
#SistersEntrance is an opportunity to open up the conversation around barriers that we experience as young Muslim women at the masjid and create dialogue to reclaim the masjid space as a space of healing and building community and sisterhood. This conversation is not about naming mosques and individuals associated with mosques but about coming up with creative community solutions and celebrating our successes in the masjid/mosque.
Join us on Twitter on Thursday June 5 at 2 P.M. EST for an important conversation on the #SistersEntrance!
Passionate about creating positive change in your community? Want to meet other rad Muslim women while building your skills at a community based agency? Volunteer with the Outburst Team ♥
We will be holding a open house for young Muslim women interested in volunteering with the Outburst! Young Muslim Women Project. Join us to learn about the various opportunities with Outburst! and ways you can connect to the program. Check out the Facebook event here
About us: Outburst! Young Muslim Women Project is a movement of young Muslim women in Toronto who are breaking silence and speaking out about violence through art, research and education. We are a program of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic.