On Tuesday 9th November, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) engaged with Islamophobia Awareness Month (IAM) through their Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) work.
GMFRS’ EDI SPOC’s (Single Point of Contact) and other members of their EDI network were invited for a conversation around Islamophobia. The session began by looking at what Islamophobia actually means and how it can be defined in the UK. Following this, the picture of Islamophobia in the UK was highlighted and the different spaces, like schools an workplaces, that Islamophobia can affect the Muslim community was shown through the use of stats and data.
The session then moved to look at the key causes of Islamophobia and how these play a role in the ways that Muslims are portrayed, perceived and treated. During this, the audience were able to gain an appreciation of how there are many factors that contribute to the current climate of Islamophobia. From here, the conversation moved to cures and the positive action that can be taken to address Islamophobia from an individual perspective, a community perspective and a workplace perspective.
Many thanks to Halima Mohamud and Jax Effiong for marking Islamophobia Awareness Month at GMFRS and we look forward to seeing them take their commitment to tackle Islamophobia to the next step.
This year’s theme for IAM is Time for Change so we’re working hard with employers to make sure that they’re thinking about Islamophobia across the year, not just in November. If you’d like to book in a speaker to talk to your team about Islamophobia, contact the IAM Team at islamophobia-awareness.org/book-a-speaker/