Organizers of the Islamic Peace Conference set to take place in Australia are taking heat after releasing a promotional flyer for the event featuring the faces of women blacked out, yet leaving the men’s faces perfectly visible.
The event, which will be taking place at the Melbourne Exhibition Center in March, is being organized by the Australian Islamic Peace Conference (AIPC) with the purpose of “facilitating the networking of Muslim organizations by providing them a shared platform to come together.”
The organization released a pamphlet to promote the event and featured pictures of the speakers who would be addressing the audience. There was a noticeable difference, however, between the men and women pictured on the flyer.
The flyer features pictures of 12 men and 3 women, with the faces of the women being blacked out so you can only see the silhouette of their red shrouds. I guess the hijab covering the majority of the woman’s face was not enough?
After being called out on the obvious suppression of women by hiding the faces of prominent female speakers, the organizers of the conference responded by stating they were trying to protect them from “right-wing extremism.”
A CONTROVERSIAL Islamic peace conference has sparked outrage after hiding the faces of three women advertised on a flyer to promote the event.
The Australian Islamic Peace Conference posted the pamphlet on Facebook last week with the leaders who are set to speak at the event next month.
But three female speakers — psychologist Monique Toohey, social worker Nina Trad Azam and Islamic teacher Umm Jamaal ud-Din — had their faces replaced with black ink.
The faces of all other 12 male speakers are displayed.
Organisers have been slammed on social media with one user posting: “I came across the flyer earlier and was shocked. I couldn’t articulate myself or write something about it. Seeing sister Monique’s name made me sure that it’s not their choice and also made me feel sick”.
A spokesman for organisers the Islamic Research and Education Academy said they were trying to protect the women from right-wing extremism.
“Muslim women are particularly (being) humiliated and targeted in our streets, threatened and abused on social media,’ he told the Daily Mail.
‘Due to the growing Islamophobia our campaign team wanted to be extra cautious with female guests so they wouldn’t be targeted in the streets.”
It appears Islam has adopted the strategies of liberals, for when either group is called out for their suppression of certain members of society they immediately blame their actions on conservatives, conjuring up the specter of “right-wing extremism” and “Islamaphobia”.
Is it “Islamaphobia” that prevents women from being able to drive a car in Saudi Arabia, requires them to have a “male gaurdian” at all times in public, prohibits them from opening their own bank accounts, and bans them from having coffee at Starbucks while only allowing men in the store?
I have a sneaking suspicion that the blacking out of the female speaker’s faces on this pamphlet was less about protecting them from extremism, but instead was more about following an extremist doctrine that casts women as 2nd class citizens within their culture.
Will there be a Women’s March organized in Australia to protest this treatment of their fellow gender, demanding equal rights to their male counterparts? Unfortunately this incident of real discrimination will likely be overlooked by feminist groups and social justice warriors, as it appears they would much rather protest President Trump’s efforts to prevent this kind of archaic sexism from spreading in America.