Mayor of Tower Hamlets presents QMUL with trophy
Yesterday (27 February) the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, presented staff from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) with a trophy for signing up more than 100 people to the council’s No Place for Hate pledge during National Hate Crime Awareness Week.
QMUL has been a key supporter of the campaign since 2017, generating 440 signs ups this academic year alone through promoting the pledge at university events.
Last year, the council ran a competition during the awareness week to encourage local organisations and individuals to increase sign ups to the No Place for Hate pledge.
The pledge encourages action from people who witness hate crime and promotes speaking out against all forms of prejudice and discrimination. So far over 4,500 individuals and 162 separate organisations have signed up.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “It was a pleasure to meet staff from Queen Mary University of London today and thank them for their dedication to this campaign, spreading the message that Tower Hamlets is no place for hate.”
Sarah Cowls, Director of Student and Academic Services at Queen Mary University of London, said: “We are honoured to receive this trophy for a campaign we feel so strongly about. Queen Mary is committed to the provision of equality of opportunity for all and we recognise the role everyone has to play in tackling hate and discrimination and promoting community safety.”
The pledges are just one part of the wider No Place for Hate campaign, which provides training to the community to help tackle hate crime, supports victims, raises awareness of the impact of discrimination and aids the prosecution of perpetrators. To date, 138 hate crime champions have been trained in Tower Hamlets.
Pledging is quick, easy and free to do by visiting: www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/npfh
Anyone who is the victim of, or witness to, hate crime should to report it immediately. You can call 999 for emergencies and 101 for non-emergencies.
Victim Support can provide specialist emotional and practical advice and help. You can call them on 020 8555 8254.
Posted on Friday 28th February 2020