11 June 2017

Muslim women tackle ‘toxic masculinity’

A group of leading Muslim women say today that “toxic masculinity” lies behind terrorist acts. In a letter to The Sunday Times, they also complain that the debate about tackling extremism is dominated by men and must involve women.

Challenging the government and fellow Muslims after attacks in London and Manchester killed 35 people, they call for recognition of the “link between violence against women and other forms of hate”.

“Hateful ideology is a vehicle for a toxic masculinity that seeks solace in extreme violence,” they write.

“Therefore, we must address this appropriately and include women in the debate who may be able to help counter how young men are raised or being indoctrinated to hate.”

The letter argues: “The battle against extremism is a generational struggle and one that impacts us all. It requires active engagement of all Muslim communities. It would be wise, therefore, to include, empower and support diverse Muslim women in combating extremism.” [The Sunday Times (£)] Read more