Hello from your VP Education
Hello, I am Redwan Shahid, your VP Education. This year, I, along with a few student groups, have put together our annual Islamophobia Awareness Month campaign. Queen Mary Students’ Union takes a Zero Tolerance approach to Islamophobia and any other form of hate crime, and we work tirelessly to foster a safe and welcoming environment for all of our students.
Islamophobia is a prejudice which feeds on ignorance and fear to promote hatred and social divisions. It is a prejudice which permeates the many facets of the Muslim lifestyle; personal, professional, and institutional. According to the Metropolitan Police Force statistics, there were 1,115 Islamophobic hate crimes reported in 2015/16, and 1,264 in 2016/17. Between March 2016 and March 2017, 143,920 Tweets were sent from the UK that are considered to be derogatory and anti-Islamic - this amounts to 393 a day!
Islamophobia Awareness Month aims to deconstruct and challenge some of the stereotypes about Islam and Muslims. This month-long campaign will see activities and projects promoting Islamophobia awareness throughout the UK and Europe.
We don’t need to look beyond our local community to see the horrible ways Islamophobia can manifest itself. Just over a year ago, there was an acid attack in East London, and just less than a few weeks ago, a teenager was attacked in Bethnal Green because she was wearing a headscarf.
This month isn’t just about highlighting the struggles of Muslims globally, nationally and locally – it is also to celebrate our Muslim staff and students who are an integral part of our community. I encourage you all to show solidarity against Islamophobia by using the hashtag #IAMQM, and spread our joint message that “Queen Mary University of London does not tolerate Islamophobia”.
I hope to see all of you at our events and please do not hesitate to contact me with any queries: