Susan Carland is not only a woman, she's a Muslim woman with an online presence. And as many women who use the Internet know, that's a recipe for disaster.
After receiving countless threats against her because of her religion, she decided to give the trolls a taste of sweet revenge and give back at the same time.
For every hate-tweet she gets, she donates $1 to human rights organization UNICEF and, as of October 27, she had already racked up $1,000 in donations.
"As a Muslim woman, people from many different quarters are eager to tell me how to dress and how to act. They also seem determined to tell me what I believe," she wrote in a post for The Sydney Morning Herald. "I regularly get tweets and Facebook messages from the brave freedom-fighters behind determinedly anonymous accounts telling me that, as a Muslim woman, I love oppression, murder, war, and sexism."
She tried blocking, muting, and deleting the harassing tweets, but thought she would try to bring some good from them. Thus, the $1 donations per hate tweet to UNICEF idea was born.
Not only would it allow her to give back, but also allow her to prove that her religion does not define her.
"And this has been an unexpected outcome; by refusing to let the hate of others mould me, I am more secure and relaxed in my own identity than ever," she wrote. "Their hatred of what they believe Muslims are has encouraged me to recommit to the beauty of my tradition."
And a beautiful tradition it is.