On Wednesday 10th November, Manchester University Press hosted a speaker for Islamophobia Awareness Month (IAM).
During the presentation, attendees were taken through the definition of Islamophobia in a UK context and the importance of defining the issue in order to begin addressing it. The extent of Islamophobia was then broken down into stats and figures that show the breadth and scale of the problem.
Following this, attendees discussed the barriers to media participation for Muslims and challenges specific to the publishing industry. The IAM speaker then moved on to speak about practical ways that Islamophobia can be tackled in media and publishing and the role that employers in these industries play in this. With it being IAM, the focus on the event was ensuring that changes were being made to go beyond just raising awareness, but actually making a difference.
Many thanks to the team at MUP for setting this up and we’re looking forward to seeing the work they do across the year to continue to address Islamophobia.
If you’d like to hire a speaker for IAM (or beyond), you can complete the form here.