WOMEN
03/27/2017 05:11 pm ET Updated Mar 27, 2017

55 Stunning Images Of Muslim Women Protesting Around The World

Muslim women have been talking back for a long time.

Activism and faith are inextricably linked for many Muslim women.

On the campaign trail, President Donald Trump criticized Ghazala Khan, the mother of a fallen U.S. soldier, for staying silent during an appearance at the Democratic Convention. He suggested “maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say.”

But Trump was wrong ― Khan had plenty to say and she still does. She’s part of a large group of Muslim women, past and present, who shatter stereotypes and speak up loudly about the issues that matter to them, whether it’s protesting Trump’s backdoor Muslim ban, or showing their support for the victims of Syria’s brutal civil war.

In honor of Muslim Women’s Day, The Huffington Post has curated 55 stunning photos of Muslim women participating in protests for their rights and for peace. The photo collection seeks to highlight just a few of the places in the world that have been touched by the power of Muslim women’s activism. Contrary to the stereotype Trump fell for, Muslim women have been talking back for quite some time.

Now more than ever, it’s important to elevate these women’s voices.

  • New York, 2017
    New York Police Department officers arrest organizer Linda Sarsour who was taking part in a 'Day Without a Woman' march on In
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    New York Police Department officers arrest organizer Linda Sarsour who was taking part in a 'Day Without a Woman' march on International Women's Day in New York, U.S., March 8, 2017.
  • California, 2017
    Women demonstrate in support of a ruling by a federal judge in Seattle that granted a nationwide temporary restraining order
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    Women demonstrate in support of a ruling by a federal judge in Seattle that granted a nationwide temporary restraining order against President Donald Trump's ban on travel to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries, at Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport on Feb. 4, 2017.
  • Pennsylvania, 2017
    A Muslim women holds a sign during anti-travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Penns
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    A Muslim women holds a sign during anti-travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., Jan. 29, 2017.
  • New York, 2017
    Women wearing U.S. flag hijabs are pictured during an "I am Muslim Too" rally in Times Square, Manhattan, New York, U.S. Feb.
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    Women wearing U.S. flag hijabs are pictured during an "I am Muslim Too" rally in Times Square, Manhattan, New York, U.S. Feb. 19, 2017.
  • New York, 2017
    A woman in the crowd chants in opposition to the Muslim Ban in New York City on Feb. 11, 2017.
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    A woman in the crowd chants in opposition to the Muslim Ban in New York City on Feb. 11, 2017.
  • New York, 2017
    Muslim women pray before a protest in lower Manhattan against the polices of President Donald Trump on Feb. 1, 2017, in New Y
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    Muslim women pray before a protest in lower Manhattan against the polices of President Donald Trump on Feb. 1, 2017, in New York City.
  • New York, 2017
    A Muslim girl holds a sign during the protest against Trump's executive orders, including the banning of Muslims fr
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    A Muslim girl holds a sign during the protest against Trump's executive orders, including the banning of Muslims from certain countries from entering the United States. 
  • Washington, 2017
    Ayla Ali (L-R), and her Somali refugee family members, cousin Ryan Adem and aunt Maryan Farah, listen to speakers at a rally
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    Ayla Ali (L-R), and her Somali refugee family members, cousin Ryan Adem and aunt Maryan Farah, listen to speakers at a rally for immigrants and refugees in Seattle, Washington on Jan. 29, 2017.
  • Illinois, 2017
    A woman yells as she protests President Donald Trump's executive order at O'Hare International Airport on Jan. 29, 2017
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    A woman yells as she protests President Donald Trump's executive order at O'Hare International Airport on Jan. 29, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Massachusetts, 2017
    Eight year-old Esma, an Irish-Moroccan-American, prays with other Muslim women during a Boston protest against President
    Brian Snyder / Reuters
    Eight year-old Esma, an Irish-Moroccan-American, prays with other Muslim women during a Boston protest against President Donald Trump's executive order travel ban.
  • Massachusetts, 2017
    Muslim women pray during a protest against President Donald Trump's travel ban on Jan. 29, 2017.
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    Muslim women pray during a protest against President Donald Trump's travel ban on Jan. 29, 2017.
  • Massachusetts, 2017
    A woman holds a sign during a protest in Copley Square in Boston on Jan. 29, 2017. 
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    A woman holds a sign during a protest in Copley Square in Boston on Jan. 29, 2017. 
  • Canada, 2017
    Muslim women join in a massive protest against President Trump's travel ban during the National Day of Action against Islamop
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    Muslim women join in a massive protest against President Trump's travel ban during the National Day of Action against Islamophobia and White Supremacy in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Feb. 4, 2017.
  • Canada, 2017
    A Muslim woman in tears during a rally against Islamophobia and white supremacy in Toronto, Canada, on Feb. 4, 2017
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    A Muslim woman in tears during a rally against Islamophobia and white supremacy in Toronto, Canada, on Feb. 4, 2017.
  • Canada, 2017
    A Muslim girl holds a sign with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. during a protest outside of the U.S. Consulate in downtow
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    A Muslim girl holds a sign with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. during a protest outside of the U.S. Consulate in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Jan. 30, 2017.
  • Canada, 2017
    A Muslim woman holding a sign during a massive protest against President Trump's travel ban outside of the U.S. Consulate in
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    A Muslim woman holding a sign during a massive protest against President Trump's travel ban outside of the U.S. Consulate in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Jan. 30, 2017.
  • Australia, 2017
    A Muslim woman holds a sign during a protest against President Donald Trump and his policies in Melbourne, Australia, Fe
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    A Muslim woman holds a sign during a protest against President Donald Trump and his policies in Melbourne, Australia, Feb. 3, 2017.
  • Italy, 2017
    A woman holds banner, reading '#NoMuslimBan' during a protest against President Donald Trump and his policies outside the U.S
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    A woman holds banner, reading '#NoMuslimBan' during a protest against President Donald Trump and his policies outside the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy on Feb. 2, 2017.
  • Austria, 2017
    Muslims and Austrian citizens attend a protest against a headscarves ban proposed by the government's ruling coalition in Vie
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    Muslims and Austrian citizens attend a protest against a headscarves ban proposed by the government's ruling coalition in Vienna, Austria on Feb. 4, 2017.
  • New York, 2015
    A Muslim woman displays a sign as she joins other human rights activists during a demonstration in New York on Dec. 10,
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    A Muslim woman displays a sign as she joins other human rights activists during a demonstration in New York on Dec. 10, 2015 in solidarity for Syrian and Iraqi refugees.
  • U.K., 2016
    Protesters gather to demonstrate in support of the people of Aleppo. The protest was intended to show anger at the inaction o
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    Protesters gather to demonstrate in support of the people of Aleppo. The protest was intended to show anger at the inaction of the international community in the face of catastrophic bombings in Aleppo. 
  • U.K., 2016
    Protesters from different societies stage a demonstration outside the French Embassy in London, to show support for Muslim wo
    Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
    Protesters from different societies stage a demonstration outside the French Embassy in London, to show support for Muslim women on Aug. 25, 2016, after 15 French towns introduced and started to enforce a ban on the burkini.
  • U.K., 2016
    Women join a demonstration organized by 'Stand up to Racism' outside the French Embassy in London on Aug. 26, 2016, against t
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    Women join a demonstration organized by 'Stand up to Racism' outside the French Embassy in London on Aug. 26, 2016, against the burkini ban on French beaches.
  • U.K., 2016
    A woman joins a demonstration organized by 'Stand up to Racism' outside the French Embassy in London on Aug. 26, 2016, a
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    A woman joins a demonstration organized by 'Stand up to Racism' outside the French Embassy in London on Aug. 26, 2016, against the burkini ban on French beaches.
  • Belgium, 2016
    Women cheer in Antwerp at a beach party protest against the ban of burkinis in France.
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    Women cheer in Antwerp at a beach party protest against the ban of burkinis in France.
  • France, 2016
    Women hold signs reading, "It is not a provocation, just my freedom of conscience" during a headscarf march against Islamopho
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    Women hold signs reading, "It is not a provocation, just my freedom of conscience" during a headscarf march against Islamophobia in Avignon, southern France.
  • Greece, 2016
    Migrants and refugees from camps around the city gather outside the consulate of Germany in Thessaloniki on Sept. 1, 2016 to
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    Migrants and refugees from camps around the city gather outside the consulate of Germany in Thessaloniki on Sept. 1, 2016 to protest against the difficult living conditions in the camps and to ask for the opening of the borders.
  • Greece, 2016
    Migrant women from Syria and Afghanistan march outside the Parliament with their children. Around 2,000 refugees and migrants
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    Migrant women from Syria and Afghanistan march outside the Parliament with their children. Around 2,000 refugees and migrants from Asia, along with Greek supporters, protested against the migration agreement between the European Union and Turkey that would send refugees from Greece to Turkey.
  • Greece, 2016
    Protesters demonstrate against discrimination of Muslim women in Athens, Greece on Aug. 30, 2016 after 15 French towns i
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    Protesters demonstrate against discrimination of Muslim women in Athens, Greece on Aug. 30, 2016 after 15 French towns introduced and started to enforce a ban on the burkini.
  • Yemen, 2016
    Children and women protest outside the United Nations offices against Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen's capital Sanaa on Jan.
    Khaled Abdullah / Reuters
    Children and women protest outside the United Nations offices against Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen's capital Sanaa on Jan. 21, 2016.
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