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 the permission of the author.
This Month’s Theme: Body Image
We live in an era where messages of self-care and self-love are mainstream, attempting in part to address the longstanding standards of beauty that omit many that are unable to meet its narrow norms. The topic of body image is one of the central concerns when it comes to growing up as a woman since the body of a woman is often subjected to prevailing messages and prejudices of the wider society.
Growing up as a Muslim woman in Singapore, the experience one may have with body image can be unique. Take for example the obsession over the hijab and the harassment a woman may face when she takes it off, and the harassment she may face when she is wearing it in the workplace or other spaces. What are some ways in which you were conditioned to perceive your body and how has this affected you (whether positively or negatively)? How did you negotiate the messages that have been placed on your body and what do you think of them?
We are especially interested in amplifying the narratives of women who have insight into the experiences of living under the prejudice of colourism, fatphobia, and ableism.
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 11th October 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org