November is Islamophobia Awareness Week and this year the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership are running a campaign called ‘Positive about Islam and Muslims’.
Islamophobia is defined by MEND (Muslim Engagement and Development) as “a predjudice, aversion, hostility or hatred towards Muslims” and by the Muslim Council of Britain as “a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.” This racism is centred on negative feelings towards Muslims and can be expressed through discrimination against Muslims, stereotyping of Muslim communities, distorted media coverage, negative social media messaging and even hate crimes.
WY&H Health and Care Partnership – Positive About Islam Campaign:
Our West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership are proud of the diversity of our workforce and communities and strongly believe in the fairness of all. During Islamophobia Awareness Week, the Partnership are showing how we are positive about Islam and the contributions which followers of the faith make to society, challenging stereotypes and tackling myths about Islam and Muslims.
As part of this, resources and facts about Islam are shared on their webpage here and on their Twitter account @WYHPartnership.
The Partnership have also produced a series of blogs, written by Muslim colleagues working in health and care in West Yorkshire, reflecting their experiences as Muslims. These blogs can be accessed here.
No one should live in fear of safely practicing their faith and we will not accept any forms of discrimination.
Reporting incidents of Islamophobia or hate crimes:
If you do witness any incidents you can report them to West Yorkshire Police. In an emergency call 999, if it is not an emergency you can call on 101 or complete an online hate crime reporting form.
If you would rather not speak to a Police Officer you can:
– Contact Tell MAMA for Islamophic hate crimes or hate incidents
– Contact Community Security Trust (CST) for anti-Semitic hate crimes or hate incidents
– Contact one of the Hate Incident Reporting Centres provided by Wakefield Council