2014 has been a milemarker for women, especially when it comes to politics. While Western women have taken a step forward, headlines suggest women in many Islamic countries have taken two leaps back.
In the West, Muslim activists have many women among their ranks, some of them artists, writers, reporters, educators and lawyers who want the world to know their vision of women in Islam. But women in many Middle Eastern countries have little or no rights or freedoms.
A protest was held today outside a western Massachusetts high school to draw attention to alleged anti-Islamic bullying.
About 50 people, most of them college students, stood in a steady rain on the sidewalk in front of West Springfield High School for about half-an-hour on Wednesday holding signs denouncing bullying and bigotry. They were joined by three Muslim sisters who claim they’ve been harassed at school because of their religious beliefs.
" I've been called terrorist, towel head in my class," said Najma Hussein.