Muslim women are uploading photographs of themselves in graduation gowns and helping in their communities in protest at comments made by David Cameron last week.
The prime minister said privately that learning English would help tackle the “traditional submissiveness of Muslim women” whilst he was launching a new initiative to tackle extremism.
However scores of women have countered his view by posting pictures and comments using the hashtag #TraditionallySubmissive, in a social media campaign that has drawn support from JK Rowling.
The Harry Potter author has been retweeting many of the pictures to her 6.5 million followers.
Some posed the question "Why don't you get to know us before you feel you have the right to comment on us", whilst others uploaded pictures of themselves with a list of their achievements.
The pre-arranged Twitter Storm started at 6pm on Sunday evening and has reaped in hundreds of responses, ranging from those graduating to those helping the local community:
— Ruwayda Mustafah (@RuwaydaMustafah) January 24, 2016
— Shelina Janmohamed (@loveinheadscarf) January 24, 2016
— TootingSundayCircle (@sundaycircles) January 24, 2016
— Nazia Mirza (@naziasmirza) January 24, 2016
— Online Shia Studies (@RebecMasterton) January 24, 2016
Some told the prime minister how they felt about his comments, writing on a board a list of their qualifications and talents:
— Fiza Azlam (@FizaAzlam) January 24, 2016
— Fuf Virani (@FufV22) January 24, 2016
Whilst others proudly uploaded photographs of family members:
My mum's response to @David_Cameron...
— Salim Kassam (@msalimkassam) January 24, 2016
— Humza Yousaf (@HumzaYousaf) January 24, 2016
— Adnan R.Siddiqui (@AdnanRSiddiqui0) January 24, 2016
One person posted a round-up of the event:
— Rimla Akhtar (@RimlaAkhtar) January 24, 2016
Shelina Janmohamed, the author of the novel ‘Love in a Headscarf’ came up with the hashtag to tweet professions, hobbies and views in order to counter act the view that Muslim women are somewhat passive and unable to express their opinions.
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