November is Islamophobia Awareness Month (IAM) in the UK so we're sharing a quick guide on how to get involved and what you need to know about the campaign. Inspired by the wider IAM 2023 campaign, we want to invite students on campus, whether Muslim or not to share their stories about themselves or about someone in their lives.
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November is Islamophobia Awareness Month (IAM) in the UK. The campaign started in 2012 to combat Islamophobia in society and shine a light on the positive contributions made by Muslims.
It is important to be involved in conversations about discrimination and intolerance in our strive to become a fully inclusive and diverse community on and off campus. Here is a quick guide on how to get involved and what you need to know about Islamophobia Awareness Month.
Islamophobia is racism, prejudice, or discrimination against Muslim people, or people who may be perceived as Muslim.
Understanding what Islamophobia is and what it entails is important to combat it. Often when we think of Islamophobia, we think of hate crimes but there is much more to it.
Islamophobia tends to indiscriminately impact people who visually present as Muslims, which often tends to be Muslim women.
Unfortunately, the UK has seen increasing numbers of reported Islamophobic hate crimes, according to Home Office Official Hate Crime Statistics, with 44% of all hate crimes reported being against people perceived as Muslim. This is alarming considering hate crimes are significantly underreported, suggesting the real number is likely much higher.
Below are some other troubling statistics about Islamophobia in the UK, according to the Muslim Council of Britain.
Islamophobic rhetoric is also widely perpetuated in UK politics and media.
The IAM campaign for 2023 aims to highlight #MuslimStories, with the goal to facilitate connections among Muslims and non-Muslims using the transformative power of storytelling.
Inspired by the wider IAM 2023 campaign, we want to invite students on campus, whether Muslim or not to share their stories about themselves or about someone in their lives.
Whether you are Muslim or not, we want to hear your stories of examples of inspiring Muslim role models or making a positive change to tackle Islamophobia in your communities. Tell us about your experience by email.
For support, you can reach out to the University's Wellbeing team or our Advice Centre. We encourage you to report any hate crimes and/or abusive behaviour or any form of discrimination that you may experience or witness through the RH Be Heard platform. Concerns can be reported named or anonymously.
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