BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - After being silent for years, Muslim women are speaking up, sharing what it means to be a Muslim woman right now in this country.
"Muslim women are the ones seeing the brunt of this Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiments. Literally, over the weekend, we saw three attacks of Muslim women," said CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed.
Hadeed sparked Sunday's conversation. She said it was long overdue.
"We hear other people talking about us and we thought it was high time we did the talking," Hadeed said.
Eighteen-year-old Rowan Elqishawi shared stories of battling bigotry and stereotypes
"When I wore the scarf, I faced indifference and stares. It's shattered my soul, but strengthen my resolve," she explained.
Other shared messages meant to empower, educate and engage.
"Being a Muslim woman is a bit more challenging in society than it is for men. I personally use his as a means of being a walking example. I want you to come ask me questions," continued Elqishawi.
She said this conversation is needed more than ever and she has plans to keep the message going with the younger generations.
"I'm a very big advocate for this kind of cause. When you see people oppressed on a daily basis, I can't just sit there so I try to change people's perception and misconceived notions about Muslims," Elqishawi said.
"That's the goal here today, where you see all these young women who are volunteering and they want to be engaged. They want to speak up. They want to do stuff. They are moved after seeing everything that's happened over the last decade and now more so than ever," Hadeed added.
Also, a part of this event was a voter registration drive. In all, more than 50 people registered to vote.