From the beginning of the advent of Islam, muslim women have played a very important and discerning role in the society. However with deliberate media and perception campaigns run 24×7 to tarnish the image of Muslim women, more so in the past few decades, many ills have started getting tagged to the Muslim women across the world. Cropping up have been the many xenophobic assumptions – that Muslim women are oppressed, need to be saved, forced to wear headscarves or hijabs out of fear and so on. Such labels though remain far from reality.

Contrary to played up media image of a Muslim women as a demure un-empowered female, all hiding behind her burqa and sheltered by her men folk, today’s Muslim women are actively engaged in leadership and business roles across the society.

However most of these are far from reality. The phenomenal progress being made by the Muslim women in the world is amazing.  Muslim women at the forefront are debunking these orientalist myths while at the same time constantly working to combat the ills within the community.

To cite a few examples, ruling since decades is the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Ms Sheikh Hasina Wazed. Also the Prime Minister of Mali Ms Cissé Mariam Kaïdama Sidibé is a charismatic Muslim women. Similarly, President of Kosovo, Atife Jahjaga, is the world’s youngest women president, while being her country’s first female Muslim president and the list goes on. So whether it be sports, entertainment, fashion, business or politics, Muslim women continue to climb the ladder and challenge the views, that belittle them otherwise.

As a tribute to the endeavors of the Muslim women of the world, N4M media surveys comes up with a list of the world’s Top Muslim women everyone should know about.

9Salma bint Hizab al-Oteibi

Salma bint Hizab al-Oteibi - Saudi Publically elected muslim women

Saudi Arabia saw women vote and be voted for in the 2015 Municipal Elections. The first woman to be elected was Salma bint Hizab al-Oteibi, who won a seat on the council of Madrakan, a region in the holy city of Mecca. She beat two other women and seven men to the spot. This was a victory for not only women in Saudi Arabia but for women all around the planet, as we saw women rise up over the attempts to repress the female voice. She has inspired countless women in her land and outside of it.


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