Mosque Me Too

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The Mosque Me Too movement (#MosqueMeToo) is predominantly a Muslim women movement where female pilgrims speak up about sexual abuse experienced on the Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to one of Islam's holiest places, Mecca, Saudi Arabia.[1][2][3] The movement spread to Muslim women sharing sexual abuse experiences at other Muslim religious centers and holy places across the world such as at Jama Masjid, New Delhi, India.[4] The usage of the 'Me Too' in the movement stems from the Me Too movement which gained worldwide prominence in October 2017.

Background[edit]

In February 2018, a Pakistani Muslim woman shared her experiences on Facebook of sexual abuse at the Hajj. The post was subsequently deleted, but not before it had been seen by enough people to trigger more experiences being shared.[5][1]

Mona Eltahawy, an Egyptian American journalist shared her experiences of sexual abuse on Hajj in a book in 1982, which were retweeted in February using the hashtag #MosqueMeToo [6][7]. Many other women came to the social media using the hashtag #MosqueMeToo to also share their experiences of sexual abuse on this religious pilgrimage.[8][9][10]

Criticism[edit]

The campaign was criticized as being a propagator of Islamophobia and Western propaganda. Even Muslim women criticized those women who went to the social media to share such experiences.[1]

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