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Liyana Dizzy - Young Women Making Change

Being a young Malaysian-Muslim feminist

Date: 25 November 2014

Being a young Malaysian-Muslim feminist SOGIE ally can be quite the experience, both online and offline! Muslims find me too feminist. Feminists find me too Muslim.

How can my perspective be considered legitimate & informed as any other, when they are often overshadowed by the debate of my existence? In everyday conversation there are first persistent stereotypes to unpack, stereotypes that cause bigotry and damage lives. The events of the past few days never take me far from reflecting on this struggle.

I speak as a Muslim when I say all forms of inequality is un-Islamic. Being a Muslim should not endanger lives. Being a Muslim should not hinder reaching a consensus on how appropriate it is to commit to equality. Power inequality too is un-Islamic, and is just one example of a concern that overshadows the voices speaking out against it. No one should speak for me just because we share a religion. When they do, I wrangle the consequences of their entitlement every day.

It is a concern to me that the infallibility of religion extends to the interpretation of a few. What a fallacy! If anyone believes their religion should stand the test of time, then they should move forward when time calls for it. To be enduring is to be progressive.

Liyana Dizzy, a feminist from Malaysian's Young Women Making Change. Her influence on empowering women and girls can be found on Twitter: @liy