Amani Al-Khatahtbeh Explains How Muslim Women Are 'Spoken Over By The Public' And Their Voices 'Ignored'

03/25/2015 05:59 pm ET | Updated Mar 25, 2015

When it comes to discussions of how Islam affects the lives of the women who practice it, Western media often insists on speaking for them. But Muslim women are perfectly willing and able to lend their own voices to the issues that affect their lives.

From conversations about headscarves to how religious teachings regard women, we are rarely given the chance to hear the perspectives of Muslim women themselves. And as Muslim.Girl.net CEO Amani Al-Khatahtbeh explains in a HuffPost Live interview on Tuesday, Muslim women have long fought the exclusion.

"The public needs to listen to Muslim women themselves," Al-Khatahtbeh told HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani, pointing to the vast array of online initiatives, networking sites and blogs that are created by and for Muslim women but remain "largely ignored," by mainstream media. She explained:

It's very rare for us to be given a platform like this one on HuffPost Live in mainstream media, where we can all share our own opinions and people can listen to us and regard them. But we just keep getting spoken over by the public and people trying to tell us what our religion means for us and that we're oppressed by our religion as if we can't think for ourselves or we're not aware what we're practicing. And I think that's where the problem lies.

Watch the full HuffPost Live conversation about millennial Muslims here.

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