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:

Email: su-vpeducation@qmul.ac.uk
Twitter: @EducationQMSU

Events

Prevent in the NHS

Speaker:
Dr Tarek Younis

Laird Hall
12th November, 5pm - 7pm


Gendered Islamophobia

Speakers:
Dr Fatima Rajina
Hareem Ghani
Dr Azeezat Johnson

G.O. Jones LT
16th November, 5pm - 7pm


Halal Food Stalls

Bangladesh Society
Somali Society

Library Square
16th November, 10am - 4pm


Prevent in Higher Education Workshop

Speakers:
Dr Tarek Younis
Shereen Fernandez

Francis Bancroft 4.04/4.08
22nd November, 5pm - 7pm


Structural Islamophobia

Islamic Society

G.O. Jones LT
23rd November, 5pm - 7pm


Global Islamophobia and 'The War on Terror'

Collaboration with Syria Solidarity Society

Speakers:
Dr Tanzil Chowdhury
Dr Musab Younis

G.O. Jones LT
29th November, 5pm - 7pm

Report It

If you have experienced any form of harassment, sexual harassment or assault, hate crime, bullying or victimisation, visit our Zero Tolerance pages where you can access support links and information on how and where to report the incident.

Did you know?


Muslims represent one of the most ethnically diverse religious groups in the United Kingdom.

Nearly half of 466 students that took part in a FOSIS survey expressed a direct experience of Islamophobia Where around one quarter said the incident occurred on campus.

A Greater London Authority report resulted in almost half of students experiencing Islamophobia from their teachers and lecturers. 84% of students did not report incidences to their educational institution.

When young Muslims are discussed in the media, research shows that as a collective group the most salient pattern is in the context of radicalization.

78% of British Muslims have qualifications compared to 71% of the general public.

50% of Muslims go to university compared to 38% of the general population.

Research shows that disturbingly, the word “Islamic” appears next to the word “extremism” in 1 in 6 times, effectively scapegoating all Muslims

A myth often circulated by hate speakers are that “Muslims threaten British Culture” but research shows that Muslims are more receptive to life in mixed communities than other groups. With 67% of Muslims happy to live in a highly diverse neighbourhood compared to 56% of the general public.