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On Friday 26th November, Bradford Council with partners organised an online #IAMBradford conference to mark and raise awareness of Islamophobia in support of the Islamophobia Awareness Month campaign.

Muslims are an inherent part of British society working across many professions, from senior positions within the UK Government to frontline roles helping and supporting the public during the Covid19 pandemic. Unfortunately Muslims still suffer the highest levels of hate crime of any faith community in the UK.

The #IAMBradford conference looked at some of the issues still being faced by the Muslim community nationally and locally. It also showcased some of the amazing work being undertaken by the diverse Muslim community across the Bradford District. Many guests spoke at the event including:

– Charles Dacres, Bradford Hate Crime Alliance
– Humma Nizami, Race Equality Network
– Professor Udy Archibong, University of Bradford
– Alex Gent, National Association of Muslim Police and many others.

During the event Dr Naser Kurdy shared his horrific experience as a victim of Islamophobia. Two Bradford Schools, Appleton Academy and Newby Primary School, also attended, showcasing some of the work done by their students on tackling Islamophobia.

The conference ended with the leader of Bradford Council, Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, sharing words of support and committing to tackling Islamophobia within the Bradford District. She stated that seeing the work of the school children gives her hope for a better future.

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