Beyond the Hijab features stories of real Muslim women living in Singapore.
We welcome submissions from members of the Muslim community in Singapore of all ethnicities, orientations, and hijab preferences to submit written pieces – poems, monologues, songs or even raps! Write about the issues you care about, the challenges you face spiritually or in your daily lives, and what your religion means to you. From issues on women’s rights to generational clashes and love and relationships. Use this blog to let your personality and uniqueness shine ladies! Beyond the Hijab is a place to celebrate the trials, triumphs and even sometimes cringe-worthy awkwardness of being Muslim women. You can submit under a pseudonym if you want to maintain anonymity and submissions will not be reproduced in any way except with permission of the author.
This Month’s Theme: Education
In 2018, our access to education is better than ever. Efforts have been made to ensure that basic literacy & education is affordable and accessible for all, regardless of gender and other identity markers. Yet even as education has been institutionalised, differences of experience still exist, and accessibility remains an issue, especially in relation to class.
What are the messages that you have received regarding education as a Muslim woman in Singapore? Were you encouraged to excel and were you able to pursue your education as you wish? How was your experience in educational institutions? What were the differences you felt and what were the additional pressures that you have faced, whether in terms of cultural messages, or the kinds of expectations that those outside the culture may have of you?
For the Muslim community in Singapore, there are also a population of students who have been educated in Madrasahs. We are eager to hear your thoughts as well when it comes to your educational experience, and your thoughts of the prevailing discourse and beliefs that people might hold regarding this particular educational path.
As long as your story fits the theme, we want to hear it!
Writers are allowed to write under a pseudonym to protect their identity.
We would love to hear your important stories. Feel free to drop an email for queries.
You have until 7th of December to submit.
Looking forward to hearing your stories
- All pieces must be original and submitted in the English language, unless you can provide a translation.
- Submissions must be between 600 – 2000 words.
- Authors must Singaporean or PR and be members of the Muslim community in Singapore.
- If selected, your piece may go through an editing process. We may request some changes or edits, but only because we want the strength of your piece to be fully realised!
- We provide an honorarium for selected pieces.
- Submit below or email your submission as a word document to firstname.lastname@example.org