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Women Leaving Islam and From Hijab To Freedom on World Hijab Day

January 27, 2021

Women Leaving Islam, a new CEMB film, will premiere on 1 February at 6pm UK time as a challenge to #WorldHijabDay and religious modesty rules. You can watch the film here.

In this powerful film, six ex-Muslim women activists share their moving stories of growing up in Muslim families and Muslim-majority countries and the violence, loss and shunning they faced because of their apostasy.

The women talk about everything from tearing their hijab on door handles as a child, wearing a burkini on a beach in Italy, wanting to scream their atheism in Mecca during Hajj, losing custody of a child after a husband’s accusations of blasphemy, reporting a violent fundamentalist father, forging a male guardian’s signature in order to flee their country and being shunned for defending gay rights...

Despite the risks, the women – Fauzia Ilyas, Fay Rahman, Halima Salat, Mimzy Vidz, Rana Ahmad and Zara Kay – speak of hope, happiness and freedom from Islam and the hijab.

Join us on #WorldHijabDay to watch #WomenLeavingIslam.

Also, on 1 February, draw a dove with a hijab in its beak as a symbol of women’s freedom from hijab. You can draw it anywhere – on a wall with chalk, on a piece of paper, your body or hand...

CEMB’s resident artist, Victoria Gugenheim, explains how to draw a simple dove with a hijab in its beak.

Use the hashtags #WomenLeavingIslam #FromHijabToFreedom #NoForcedHijab #NoHijabDay #FreeFromHijab to challenge religious misogyny.

Women Leaving Islam’s Producer: Gita Sahgal, Executive Producer: Maryam Namazie, and Producer, Director and Filmmaker: Reason4Freedom

For more information, see Rahila Gupta’s review of the film.

Also don’t miss 29 January, 5:00pm UK time Livestream Discussion: Hijab is sexist and misogynist with Farideh Arman, Jenny Wenhammar, Lilith Khanoum, Maryam Namazie, Mina Ahadi, Rana Ahmad and Shahad.


Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain

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