Gender, Love, Social Justice

We won’t stand for #AllMalePanels anymore

It's no secret that when it comes to Muslim conferences, women are often excluded from the joining the stage. 

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.

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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:

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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. 

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Asma Elgamal

Asma Elgamal

Asma Elgamal is our Head News + Society Editor at The Tempest. She's currently a student at Harvard University.

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