Author: Aishah Ishaq

Aishah Ishaq is from Mombasa, Kenya. She is a freelance photographer, digital artist, and aspiring journalist who currently lives in Canada. Her biggest hopes are to bring attention to important topics and global issues that do not get the attention they deserve.
On the Representation of Muslim Women in Mainstream Media
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On the Representation of Muslim Women in Mainstream Media

Growing up, I thought I had to suppress my identity as a Muslim because I felt like it made me stick out like a sore thumb. I grew up watching Disney Channel and Cartoon Network, where Muslim characters were non-existent. As I got older, I only saw Muslims portrayed as terrorists. At 22 years old, I am yet to see a Muslim woman in a TV show or movie, who has not been forced into the Hijab or felt trapped by her religion and family. I am yet to see a Muslim woman who is happy, thriving, and living life to the fullest, like so many of the Muslim women I know personally.

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