Michael Jordan has his own line of shoes. Tiger Woods has his own line of golf apparel. And now Ruqsana Begum, a Muslim muay Thai fighter, has her own line of sports hijabs.
The children’s TV show Sesame Street has introduced a new character: Zari, a 6-year-old girl from Afghanistan. She made her debut on the Afghan Sesame Street spin-off, Baghch-e-Simsim, last week. The show is for pre-schoolers and is funded by the US Department of State.
While MMA fighters like Ronda Rousey have popularized disciplines like Brazilian jiu-jitsu for women, there’s one place where they can’t get on the mat: Iran. But there are still some who practice the martial art in secret.
Emirati weightlifter Amnah Al Haddad heads to Uzbekistan for the Asian Championships on April 25 to try and secure a place at this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. However, in a newly released Nike promotional video from the Inner Strength Series, she says participation is more important than qualification.
One of the most prominent faces and impassioned voices of this summer’s U.S. Olympic team will be hidden behind a mask. There’s irony there, for sure. The mask, after all, is what attracted Ibtihaj Muhammad to fencing in the first place.
A “proof of life” video shows that at least 15 women are still alive after Boko Haram abducted 219 schoolgirls from Chibok, Nigeria. But thousands more remain in captivity, or worse.
For Muslim surfer Aurelia Khatib, wearing a hijab in the water poses some challenges. “But if you really love something, you’re going to find a way to do it,” Khatib said.