Happy International Women’s Day everyone! (I am starting my celebration a day early)
I thought a lot about who I want to celebrate the most this international women’s day, I soon realized I am fortunate to have met the most fierce, strong, kind, warm, creative, loving and overall just wonderful women who have become an important part of my life. Some were given to me through the will of Allah, with no choice of my own, others came into my life through the course of my life. So I would like to take this opportunity to celebrate all the women out there who had a part in making me who I am. Some had larger roles to play while others moved and changed me in unexpected ways. Together, each of you have bonded together and created a force that has become the reason that keeps me going, even when I have no strength to do so.
While I celebrate this day, I also want to acknowledge the girls and women of Palestine, who do not have the same privilege of receiving love from their mothers, grandmothers, aunts or dear friends. Many grandmothers of Palestine still remember the year they were separated from their mothers, sisters, daughters and future granddaughters. Mothers of Palestine remember the daughters who did not make it because they were forced to give birth at the Israel government’s imposed check points - which they waited at for hours without any sympathy from the IDF. Palestinian daughters who became mothers to their siblings because they had no other choice. Take some time to remember the sisters who were separated, friends who disappeared, aunts who raise their children side by side with children of their deceased brothers and sisters. This international women’s day I encourage everyone to take action, stop the apartheid against the Palestinian people.