With the continuous threat of the far-right to peace and security in our society and the increase of Islamophobic hate crimes against the British Muslim community, an Islamophobia conference was organised in Wakefield.
The conference began with short speeches by Kauser Jan, assistant headteacher at a primary school in Leeds, Cllr Denise Jeffery, leader of Wakefield Council, Imran Hussain, Member of Parliament for Bradford East, Qari Asim, Imam at Makkah Mosque in Leeds and Dr Ajmal Hussain, assistant professor of sociology at the university of Warwick.
Attendees at the conference then had an opportunity to join one of four workshops to share their thoughts and discuss the issue of Islamophobia as a group. The four workshops were:
– Trade Union Movement and Islamophobia
– Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
– Dissent, Resistance and Participation
– Youth and Islamophobia
Finally, the conference ended with closing speeches by Damien Miller, temporary assistant chief constable for West Yorkshire Police and Richard Burgon, Member of Parliament for Leeds East.
There were also numerous stalls at the conference by supporting organisations such as Unite the Union, West Yorkshire Police, Stop the War Coalition, National Education Union and MEND. The stalls gave an opportunity to the attendees to learn more about the organisations and also benefit from the numerous resources offered by them to assist in the tackling of Islamophobia.
A huge well done to the organisers.