Celebrating Ramadan: Own Voices Books for This Religious Holiday

Ramadan, the holy ninth of the Islamic calendar, began this week and Muslims around the world will observe with charitable deeds, daily fasting and special prayers. There ‘s not much I know about this religious holiday and or about Muslim/Islamic culture altogether. But I am trying to educate myself by reading about books so I can have a better understanding without making assumptions.

If you are looking to go a similar route, I have listed some great book recommendations that are great conversation starters for you and your family to have together, whether you observe the holiday or not. The first step towards the fight against racism and prejudice is empathy and understanding and reading these books are a great start:

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Great Nonfiction Books by Women: International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day, a day we recognize and appreciate all the great accomplishments women have done for the world. This year, the campaign focuses on the initiatives that challenge inequality, goes against stereotypes and call out bias and help build a more inclusive world. This powerful sentiment is supported by the message #ChooseToChallenge. To help us step up to this important challenge, here are some great book recommendations that will help readers learn, understand and create a more gender equal world:

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Power of the Girl: Books for the International Day of the Girl

October 11 is International Day of the Girl, a UNICEF annual campaign for young girls to to amplify their voices and stand up for their rights. This year’s theme is “My voice, our equal future”, a perfect opportunity to reimagine a world that is inspired by adolescent girls. UNICEF has a great platform and resources to help celebrate this necessary day.

But as always, a terrific way to celebrate a great like today is reading great stories about young girls who strived to make a difference in this world. Take the time today to read these books together as a family (or as a group of friends). Highlight why inspiring young girls is so important:

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Quote of the Day – March 24, 2020

 

“When a woman is ‘too much’, she is essentially uncontrollable and unashamed. That makes her dangerous.”

― Mariam Khan, It’s Not About the Burqa: Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race