Beyond the Hijab features stories of 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 the permission of the author.
This Month’s Theme: Income Inequality
During the COVID-19 pandemic, millions around the world lost their jobs and faced devastating precarity while powerful corporations and individuals profited. During times of crisis, the conditions of inequality become clearer—wealth accumulates in one hand where it is stolen from another. At the same time however, crisis brings out the best in us too: when we see our communities organise to practice mutual aid, when we create structures of support for each other, when we move into action to hold the powerful accountable. We learn that inequality is not merely a failure of the system, but a condition for it to operate. We gain the urgency to build a society which does not allow the powerful few to enrich themselves on the exploitation of the many.
Our next issue will center around the theme of income inequality. How has it affected you, and those you loved? Is it a condition a you know intimately through upbringing? Is there something you wish people understood about its reality? How has it shaped the way you understand the world and make your choices? What would a world without income inequality look like to you? What would we have to build to realise such a world? What would we have to destroy?
Share your stories, thoughts and ideas with us. Writers are allowed to write under a pseudonym to protect their identity. Feel free to drop an email for queries. We are looking forward to hearing from you! You have until 1st July to submit.
- 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 be 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 as a Word document to Diana at firstname.lastname@example.org