Wednesday, 10 May 2017

May Day rallies for Muslim women's labour rights

Protesters in the capital, Stockholm, as well as in the cities of Malmo, Gothenburg, Vasteras, Sala and Umea, chanted slogans such as "crush racism", "my hijab is not your business" and "employment is our right". 

"Muslim women here [Gothenburg] don't usually go out to protests on May Day, so it's empowering to see so many people from different backgrounds fighting for labour rights," Maimuna Abdullahi, one of the event organisers, told Al Jazeera. 
"I came out because it's our society's responsibility to stand for all of us," said Gabrielle Guastad, a participant in the march, which was planned by a network of Swedish activists in Gothenburg called The Right to our Bodies.
Another marcher, Khaali Mohammed, said: "I marched because it's my right to wear whatever what I want. The least the march could do is educate people and break the silence surrounding Muslim women's worker's rights."
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