What a day! I was incredibly humbled by the response of our #MakingAStand campaign launch yesterday. Prior to the launch we received messages of goodwill and support from British Muslim women across the UK who wanted to voice their opposition to ISIS but didn’t feel a platform was there for them. #MakingAStand is that platform.
The hope expressed by attendees yesterday was clear; the speeches moved them and upon leaving many were determined to make a stand and take the lead in voicing their opposition to extremism, wherever they may find it.
The Home Secretary, who spoke at our launch, made it very clear that, like us, she believes women arecrucial in defeating the extremism which threatens families and communities alike. Ms May received a round of applause when she stated that our declaration – that ISIS are un-Islamic, was being heard in every corner of the UK.
Twitter was awash with messages of solidary for the campaign, not only from women, but men too from all faiths. We even had a young American Muslim woman who tweeted her support for the campaign by donning a headscarf of the American flag!
— Raquel E Saraswati (@RaquelEvita) September 24, 2014
With this stirring endorsement of #MakingAStand, I know that we’re off to a great start. But there’s so much for us all to do. We must grow our campaign beyond the success of yesterday and I urge every single one of you to get involved in any way you can. We’re here to help you get started. Whether you’re Tweeting your support or keen to set up a local #MakingAStand group, the team at Inspire are here to advise, encourage and support you.
Get in touch – and together we will make a difference.
Let’s start making a stand and taking a lead!