London: The second Islamophobia Awareness Month 2013 has been launched in Europe. The Islamophobia Awareness Month will be hosting a series of events aiming to highlight and address issues surrounding anti-Muslim hatred.
The month-long campaign will see activities and projects held throughout Britain to combat the continuing rising tide of Islamophobia.
There is a strong feeling amongst Muslims in Europe that they are the target of discrimination and hatred. They feel like a community under siege. And they hope schemes like the Islamophobia Awareness Month will highlight these problems and bring about a grassroots change in society.
Islamophobia Awareness Month is being spearheaded by the Enough Coalition Against Islamophobia, the Muslim Council of Britain and ENGAGE, and other partners Racist and fascist fringe parties are gaining ground amidst economic crisis, and mainstream parties increasingly catering to populist, nativist and xenophobic electoral agendas fanned by sensationalist media scaremongering. From the niqab ban and anti-sharia legislation, to erosion of civil liberties and racist discrimination in housing and employment, Islamophobic prejudice is now prevalent in the mainstream, on display in political life, in the media and in the attitudes of the police and the courts.
IAM coordinates a rich and diverse programme of events and activities organised with partners supporting the campaign to raise awareness and forge solidarities across anti-racist and anti-war agendas. The 1st anniversary will be marked on 25 November at the House of Commons London.