Beyonce Releases Powerful Video To Celebrate International Day Of The Girl

Wednesday was the International Day of the Girl and to celebrate, Beyoncé released a music video in conjunction with Chime for Change and Global Goals for her song “Freedom.” The video features some very awesome little girls from all over the world dancing and lip-syncing and though they’re both cute and inspiring, they’re conveying a very important message that’s breaking our hearts:

Captions explain that girls all over the world experience violence, in the form of murder, human trafficking, FGM, and even the every day oppression of keeping girls from getting an education. Global Goals wants to see these forms of suppression against women and girls ended by 2030. It’s a staggering goal, with so much in the way, but watching these girls and their fierceness is giving everyone hope that change is possible:

You’re not just fighting for yourself, but for the young women in your life that need you. 

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Muslim Teen Told Dad She Wants To Take Off Her Hijab, And His Response Is Powerful

Muslim Teen Told Dad She Wants To Take Off Her Hijab, And His Response Is Powerful

When it comes to strictly religious societies, there’s a lot of shame and gossip that goes around. I wouldn’t say it’s the norm from the communities I grew up in. Most people just minded their business, went to the mosque, and did their own thing. 

There were a few Judgey McJudgersons who kind of ruined it for everybody else, but for the most part, people were able to do what they want without much backlash from their families or community. Hell, I’ve gone pretty much full rogue and have managed to keep all of my Muslim friends and family members. My wife also used to wear hijab and has long since removed it and, with the exception of a few people who think it’s their place to call her out on it (when I’m not around, I might add) nothing’s really changed in her life.

But that’s not to say there aren’t still Islamic countries and communities that use the hijab as an excuse to control women. But to assume that the only reason a woman would wear hijab is due to her family forcing her to wear it, is pretty darn insulting to the woman wearing it.

Which is exactly what happened to 17-year-old Lamyaa from Pennsylvania, who’s all but accustomed to receiving harassment online for being Muslim.

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“Personally, being an Arab Muslim woman in America, these sort of hateful messages aren’t uncommon,” she told Upworthy

A few days ago, on April 14th, 2017, Lamyaa tweeted a really disrespectful message from a stranger online.

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Someone was offended by the positive opinion Lamyaa had of her faith, and challenged her by saying that the only reason she was wearing a hijab was because her father was forcing her into it.

So Lamyaa texted her father and told him that she was going to take her scarf off. She then screenshot the conversation to prove a point.

Her father’s message rang loud and clear, shutting up the troll.

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Lamyaa:Baba, I want to tell you something.
Lamyaa’s father:Talk to me[asks her if she’s OK in Arabic]
Lamyaa:Yeah I’m okay. I was thinking. I want to take my hijab off.
Lamyaa’s father:Sweetheart that’s not my decision to make. That’s no man’s decision to make. If it’s what you feel like you want to do, go ahead. I’ll support you no matter what. Is everything okay? Did something happen? 

After Lamyaa posted her conversation online, it’s received over 140,000 retweets and more than 300,000 likes.

People tweeted messages of support and love for Lamyaa and her father.

Others were saying that the isolated hatred Muslim people were a target of is disproportionate to what other ethnic groups experience.

Lamyaa posted the screenshots of her convo to fight stereotypes about Muslim women, and men, when it comes to the hijab.

“People believe that Islam is misogynistic, hateful, or violent, and I think that stems from their inability to differentiate culture and religion. Islam is a religion and, like all religions, it is what you bring to it.”

Lamyaa also pointed out that she wasn’t trying to say that there aren’t Muslim women who are forced into wearing hijab – because there are.

But she wanted to point out that there are tons of Muslim women, like Lamyaa, who wear the Hijab because they choose to, and to assume that they’re being forced into it is dismantling their agency as women, based solely on their religion. (h/t upworthy)

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30 Artists Responded To Trump's Refugee Ban With Powerful Drawings

People are up in arms about the proposed ban on refugees and green card holders in the United States. From former President Barack Obama, to businesses like Starbucks, hell, even Dale Earnhardt Jr. sympathized with Muslim refugees, saying that his ancestors traveled from Germany to escape religious persecution.

The refugee ban has resulted in countless protests and fervor that can be seen on social media.

And like any good protest, art is playing a huge part in the current ban of refugees and people all over the web are sharing painfully relevant and poignant works of art that speak to the current state of affairs.

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This Photo Of Hillary Banning 'Make Ejaculation' Surrounded By Woman Makes A Powerful Point

One of the first executive orders that Donald Trump signed in his first few days as President was a bill that would remove federal funding from organizations abroad if they not only performed abortions or even talked to expecting mothers about it.

Many people noticed that there was a startling omission from Trump’s photo-op with the bill that would have life-changing impacts on women all over the world: there wasn’t a single woman in the photo.

The absurdity of the photo was lost on no one.

So French Feminist group 52 (because France’s population is 52% female) made a parody news article with an altered photo.

The headline reads: “Breaking news: it is now forbidden to ejaculate outside of procreation in the United States.”

A member of 52 spoke with BuzzFeed regarding the widely-shared image.

“It’s a joke….to ridicule something that boggles the mind: For centuries, it’s been men who dictate women’s bodies. Women are told what they should wear, what salary they’re entitled to… Trump has only just become president, and the first thing he does is take a step backward by signing this piece of legislation. This picture of the president shows very well how men get to dictate the rights women have…It really wound us up…On social media, some people pointed out the fact that one would ever see a photograph depicting a group composed exclusively of women signing legislature over what men are allowed to do with their genitalia. That was our starting point. We thought, Hey, why don’t we make such a picture?”

In case you were wondering, the original photo was taken when Barack Obama awarded the Congressional Medal to WASPs, a group of female WW2 fighter Pilots.

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52 was last seen protesting the yearly winter fashion sales in France, and they made a pretty awesome video about it.

Even their protest videos are art-house.

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