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I recently came across what I thought of as a beautiful poem, entitled I Am Woman – Celebrate Me, written by Canadian Muslim feminist and activist, Raheel Raza. Addressing issues of sexism, racism, and misogyny among others, this poem was written by Raza and presented to WOMANVOICE, on Dec 6, 2004 to celebrate the International Day of Action for Violence Against Women and to commemorate the 14 women killed at Ecole Polytechnic in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, (aka The Montreal Massacre). Although a few years old I felt this deserved some attention.
Racism, imperialism, violence, sexism, misogyny, patriacrhy:
Traditional Western feminism has assumed that non-Western women have neither the drive nor the means to help themselves. Raza counters this racism and claims this agency, this power, this strength as something which is inherent in her. Raza minimizes the issue of the ever present burqa and focuses on the real problems of women in war torn regions.