On Saturday, January 21st 2017, the day after the presidential inauguration, hundreds of thousands of people are projected to attend the Women’s March on Washington DC in response to “rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many” minorities, in particular women, and with the aim of sending “a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights”. On this occasion, the Muslim American Society (MAS) states the following:
We firmly believe in the empowerment of women and that women’s rights are human rights, and that no woman should live with fear, discrimination, or harassment of any kind. We believe that women have the right to live without fear of bodily harm or violence. We stand firmly against any and all forms of abuse against women, domestic or otherwise.
We stand firmly against gender and race inequality in the workplace, and within the judicial system. We believe that women and people of color should have fair access to jobs, equitable pay and full rights in the eyes of the law. Similarly, we stand against any workplace discrimination against the disabled, particularly disabled women and people of color.
We believe in immigrant and refugee rights. We reject mass deportation, family detention, and violations of due process. We call for immigration reform and equal opportunities and workplace protections for all.
We believe in the rights granted in the Constitution, and reject any violation of or outright disregard for its content. We believe that civil liberties are the cornerstone of the American society, and that we must protect and restore all the Constitutionally-mandated rights to all American citizens, including voting rights, freedom to worship without fear of intimidation or harassment, freedom of speech, and protections for all citizens regardless of race, gender, age or disability.