Taking off my hat to Major Fatima Isaacs

Posted February 12, 2021 from South Africa

So as women, we still have a long way to walk in different parts of the world. Our hearts yearn for acknowledgement, acknowledgement not necessarily as the extraordinary human beings that we are, but at the best of times, simply as human beings, whose rights matter. Human beings who have the kind of rights that should not be disregarded simply because they are not applicable to all. Human beings who have the right to believe and to proudly portray what they believe, how they believe is best, irrespective of the room  they walk into or the routes their lives take. I know I am a bit late, but today I would like to honor a woman whose power, empoweres an entire community of women. For three years, Major Fatima Isaacs has faced hardship and pushed back against a law that denied Muslim women in the Army in South Africa, to wear hijabs. Her efforts, has led the South African military to change its dress policy to allow Muslim women to wear hijabs with their uniforms. Her efforts has led to the acknowledgement of a community of women who are discriminated against and whose rights to religion have been take for granted for far too many years. I take my hat off to her for who she is, how firm she stood in that and for how she has liberated Muslim women in the South African Military. Thank you Major for being a women who's power empowers us ALL!



This story was submitted in response to We Are Leaders.

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Jill Langhus
Feb 13
Feb 13

Hello Beatrice,

How are you doing, dear? Thanks for sharing your inspiring story and informing us about Major Fatima Isaacs and her legacy.

I hope you're well, and having a good weekend, dear.

Tamarack Verrall
Feb 13
Feb 13

Hi Beatrice,
Such an important story. When a woman has the courage to stand up and protect her rights, to religion, to whoever and whatever we want to be or not to be, this is progress. Her courage has obviously been an inspiration to others, and has empowered you to speak out here. Here's to freedom for us all in ways that matter deeply to us.

Beth Lacey
Feb 15
Feb 15

Such a leader and role model!

Hello, Beatrice,

How are you? Thank you for sharing Major Fatima's story with us. It's inspiring when women challenge the status quo and make things happen to empower another group of women. Cheers to women leaders and changemakers like Major Fatima!

Mar 03
Mar 03

Everyone regardless of their gender, age, etc. has the human right and the same. It is not granted. It needs to increase the awareness of people on their human rights. Thank you for the story.
May Almighty God bless you all!