How mainstream media perverts and misrepresents Muslim women

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‘’I am impressed to see how empowered you are as a Muslim woman,’’ someone said to me at an event where I was speaking. I am sure she said it with good intent and her tone even hinted at genuine admiration, but referring to my faith while noting my empowerment made me uncomfortable. I really don’t blame her. Television, newspapers, magazines, and every other form of media bombards the world with faith stereotyping that is shaping societal expectations – images of Muslim women that perpetuate unrealistic, banal and limiting perceptions are the norm. Most Muslim women are often victims of a pres…

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