This is a pledge for men with a sense of morality to sign. By signing below, you are agreeing to the following:
I agree and acknowledge that women are our community, and their voices, struggles, authority, and experiences have been ignored for centuries.
I not only condemn this but am willing to commit everything in my power to correcting this gender imbalance so that it does not continue.
I pledge not to participate in, attend, or otherwise support any panels, conferences, meetings, events, etc. where a fair representation of women does not exist; ideally, the number of women present in such meetings should be at least that of the male contributors.
Similarly, I will decline to contribute to any anthologies and edited volumes with an unfair or no representation of female contributors. I will recommend possible female panelists so that the organizers can contact them instead. I also pledge to attentively address the concerns of female authors, panelists, speakers, leaders, and scholars who are participating in a male-dominated environment that they are unable to boycott due to too few opportunities. Finally, not only will I withhold my support of these meetings and books, but I will also openly condemn them so that the men in charge understand that their discrimination against women is unequivocally unacceptable and has to end yesterday.
Signatures so far:
We are a grassroots initiative, and the pledge above is a collaborative movement of several groups and women who are critical of the Islamically dubious trend of all-male, or male-dominated, panels/events. These women include, among others, me (Shehnaz), Nahida Nisa, Zahra Khan, Sabina Khan-Ibarra, Laury Silvers, Saadia Sultana, and others; each of us has helped in some way or another, from pushing forward the idea of a pledge against all-male things to writing the pledge and discussing how/where to share and host it. (If the reality of all-male things is news to anyone, we invite you to please see this page that documents all-male Muslim things.) The above pledge invites and urges Muslim men to not only boycott all-male panels, conferences, anthologies/edited volumes so that organizers can finally do something about it but to actually do something further by demanding change – and to show organizers this list of over 340 Muslim women speakers if they claim “but there aren’t enough women scholars/speakers out there!” Moreover, here’s the link to add more women to the database.
An external link to the pledge is also available here.