Let’s be real, though – it’s not just a problem that singularly plagues the Muslim community. In most public spheres, minority women and women of color are always considered afterthoughts. They’re either considered inferior speakers or too provocative for the stage.
The grassroots initiative started originally as an event on Facebook, calling upon the community at large to participate in calling leaders to accountability. They utilized the hashtag #NoAllMalePanels on Twitter.
Here are a few of the best.
— Laura (@muhajabah) October 29, 2015
Muslims are so accustomed to the lack of women in speaking/leadership roles that we don't even see it as a problem #NoAllMalePanels
— Huda (@Huda827) October 29, 2015
Because masculinity doesn't get negated or diminished by a strong feminine presence. #NoAllMalePanels
— samar kaukab (@samarkaukab) October 29, 2015
No more silencing of women's voices as if these voices were private parts. #NoAllMalePanels
— Dr. Shabana Mir (@ShabanaMir1) October 29, 2015
I want my children to grow up knowing they have the chance to excel and be up on the stage, even if they're women. #NoAllMalePanels
— Laila Alawa (@lulainlife) October 29, 2015
Orgs need to understand women are experts on topics men are too. Not only invite them to cover topics "men can't cover" #NoAllMalePanels
— #AddFemaleSpeakers (@addfemalespkrs) October 29, 2015
How do other religious communities manage to maintain their morality? They actually have women as CLERGY! *gasp* #NoAllMalePanels
— Amanda Quraishi (@ImTheQ) October 29, 2015
Amplify our female scholars of today and help the Muslim community reclaim our story in the media and society. #NoAllMalePanels
— Khadija Husain (@DijaHusain) October 29, 2015
I have no problem withdrawing my financial support from orgs that insist on excluding women. #NoAllMalePanels
— Donna Auston (@TinyMuslimah) October 29, 2015
There is nothing worse than hearing about women’s issues from an all male panel. #NoAllMalePanels
— faryalmkhatri (@faryalmkhatri) October 29, 2015
Female scholars not only interpreted Islam but fought to live according to it. Your panels are dishonest to that legacy. #NoAllMalePanels
— the fatal feminist (@haraammermaids) October 29, 2015
#NoAllMalePanels because I want to see Islam from the lens of women, & rid it of the bias of a male's perspective.
— sunduss (@sheikhspearee) October 28, 2015
This is not only a Muslim community issue. Welcome all women to join this convo! #NoAllMalePanels
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) October 29, 2015
No female panelist would discourage a woman from serving her community. We need women on panels to validate our voices. #NoAllMalePanels
— Caitie (@SourdoughOh) October 29, 2015
The Qur'an reminds us to KNOW ONE ANOTHER.. how can we know without all voices? #NoAllMalePanels
— amina wadud (@aminawadud) October 29, 2015
— YuVaughn (@YuVaughn_) October 29, 2015
— KaramahDC (@KaramahDC) October 29, 2015
even lectures about women's issues is dominated and lead by unqualified men, it's sexism masqueraded as deen #NoAllMalePanels
— vimto mami (@lunarnomad) October 29, 2015
#NoAllMalePanels *must* force us to take female scholarship more seriously & to break out of male dominated da'wah culture we've created
— The Salafi Feminist (@AnonyMousey) October 28, 2015
Male allies are encouraged to sign a pledge to “eliminate all-male panels and anthologies.”
Those in support also jumped to the defense of marginalized females, utilizing the hashtag #MuslimMaleAllies:
As a historian and scholar who is an ally, I pledge to never talk or participate on all male panels. #NoAllMalePanels
— Ali A Olomi (@aaolomi) October 29, 2015
— Shahed Amanullah (@shahed) October 29, 2015
— KaramahDC (@KaramahDC) October 29, 2015
— Ramon Mejia (@MejiaRDZinn) October 29, 2015
All-male panels leave us with half the talent, inspiration, & leadership.
That leaves us with … half a religion. #NoAllMalePanels
— omid safi (@ostadjaan) October 28, 2015
#NoAllMalePanels because our sisters have something to say. And deserve to be heard.
— AJ Springer (@JustAnt1914) October 29, 2015
Dear Sheikh, remember that time you were uninvited to speak cuz they "already had a male speaker?' No? Exactly. This is why #NoAllMalePanels
— Bilal Hassam (@bilalhassam) October 29, 2015
I have only one unequivocal demand to all event organizers: #NoAllMalePanels
— Omar (@Adverse101) October 29, 2015
We got talks called "Mothers of the Believers" with no Muslim Moms ?. #NoAllMalePanels
— TariqTouré طارق تورى (@TariqToure) October 29, 2015
The practice of hosting an all-male panel even has its own name: Manels. And they’re just as ridiculous as they sound.
Lend your voice to the movement, and hopefully, one day, we won’t ever have to deal with Manels ever again.