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Islamophobia Awareness Month 2021: MCB calls for greater commitment to tackling Islamophobia

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This November, the Muslim Council of Britain joins in marking Islamophobia Awareness Month (IAM) 2021 – a month dedicated to highlighting the experiences and impact of Islamophobia on the everyday lives of British Muslim, whilst also celebrating the contributions of British Muslim communities to society.

Islamophobia remains pervasive in society, manifest through a spectrum of lived experiences. The scope and scale of Islamophobia is such that as per Home Office statistics, 45% of all recorded religious hate crime offences in England & Wales were targeted against Muslims, in the year ending March 2021.

Beyond interpersonal attacks, Islamophobia is systemic in nature, creating barriers in access to employment, impacting educational attainment and restricting political participation, for example.

Commenting on the beginning of IAM 2021, MCB Secretary-General, Zara Mohammed, said:

50% of British Muslims are under the age of 25. How we respond to Islamophobia now will determine the safety of, and opportunities available to, younger generations of British Muslims. In order to build thriving communities, we must take firm action against this pervasive form of bigotry. This requires political will, and leadership at the top, alongside robust partnerships at a grassroots level.

The MCB reiterates its call for the Government to adopt the APPG on British Muslim’s definition of Islamophobia and to implement the recommendations made by the Singh investigation. Islamophobia is not only a Muslim problem – it is a societal one. We must all come together to tackle it.”

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Notes to editors:

  1. The MCB’s full response to the Singh investigation can be found here.
  2. The MCB has produced a report detailing what does, and does not, constitute Islamophobia – available here.
  3. The Muslim Council of Britain is the UK’s largest Muslim umbrella body with over 500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and professional networks.
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