There has been a lot of controversy around British Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent decision to pump 20 million pounds in to English lessons for Muslim women living in Britain. In conversation, David Cameron said he feels learning English will help tackle the “traditional submissiveness of Muslim women” and in doing so, will allow Muslim women to challenge any radicalisation taking place amongst children.
The author of the highly popular novel ‘Love in a Headscarf’ Shelina Janmohamed, along with hundreds of other women across the UK, was personally offended by this portrayal and came up with the hashtag #TraditionallySubmissive to tweet professions, hobbies and views in order to counter act the view that Muslim women are somewhat passive and unable to express their opinions.
Dr Sukaina Hirji, who has been working hard to drum up support for the Twitter campaign, explained ‘I and many others have been extremely hurt by David Cameron’s article in The Times earlier this week, specifically (and incorrectly) targeting Muslim women’s apparent inability to speak the English language and loosely linking this to Radicalisation (multifactorial causes) and Female Genital Mutilation (cultural practice).’
Here are some of the best tweets from the hashtag:
— Zahra Khimji (@zahrakhimji) January 24, 2016
— Fatma Ali (@f_ali81) January 24, 2016
— Soukeina (@soukie_cookie) January 24, 2016
— Zaynab (@zay_nab110) January 24, 2016
— Dr Sukaina Hirji (@SukainaHirji) January 24, 2016
— Afrah Mansour (@AfrahM__) January 24, 2016
— Madiha Raza (@Madz_Raza) January 24, 2016
— Nicole Correri, M.Ed., M.A. (@Ensaniyaat) January 24, 2016
— Online Shia Studies (@RebecMasterton) January 24, 2016
— Naka J Alkhzraji (@NAlkhzraji) January 24, 2016
— Fiza Azlam (@AzlamFiza) January 24, 2016
— my soul (@RizviRuhi) January 24, 2016
— Catherine Heseltine (@cath_heseltine) January 24, 2016
— Leyla Habebti (@loopielala) January 24, 2016
— Suk VJ (@SukVJ) January 24, 2016
— Sukaina Mandan (@5ukaina) January 24, 2016
And last but my no means least…my mum!
— Salim Kassam (@msalimkassam) January 24, 2016