What is Islamophobia?
Islamophobia is defined as: a prejudice, aversion, hostility, or hatred towards Muslims and encompasses any distinction, exclusion, restriction, discrimination, or preference against Muslims that has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life.
Islamophobia is more than hate crime but relates to barriers for Muslims across all areas of public life. This includes, but is not limited to, for instance: discrimination at work and failure to be promoted based on achievement; marginalisation from political positions; constant demonisation based on incorrect stereotypes in the newspaper media; and the inability of state institutions to provide equal levels of access for Muslims as per other religious or identifiable minority groups.
What is Islamophobia Awareness Month IAM?
Islamophobia Awareness Month (IAM) was co-founded by MEND with other British organisations in 2012 to deconstruct and challenge the stereotypes about Islam and Muslims. The month long campaign, held every November, aims to work with Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC), local councils, journalists and local media outlets, councillors and local MPs, mosques, universities, schools, community organisations and others to raise awareness of the scourge of Islamophobia and encourage better reporting of incidents to the police.