Islamophobia Awareness Month
November is Islamophobia Awareness Month (IAM), which aims to raise awareness of the national rise of Islamophobia and encourage better reporting of incidents to the police. The campaign was co-founded by Muslim Engagement & Development (MEND) with other British organisations in 2012 to deconstruct and challenge the stereotypes about Islam and Muslims.
In Tower Hamlets, we believe that it is everyone’s job to stand up to Islamophobia and raise awareness of the wider and systemic ways it can present itself. Tower Hamlets Council stands in solidarity with all communities in our borough and we are committed to tackling Islamophobia and all hate crimes, which have no place in our borough.
All residents and visitors to Tower Hamlets can sign our No Place for Hate Pledge to show their support for Islamophobia Awareness Month.
By signing you will be promising to:
- Do your best to combat prejudice and to stop those who, because of hate or ignorance, would hurt anyone or violate their dignity
- Try at all times to be aware of your own prejudices and seek to gain understanding of those who you perceive as being different from yourself
- Speak out against all forms of prejudice and discrimination
- Reach out to support those who are targets of hate
- Think about specific ways your community can promote respect for all people and make Tower Hamlets No Place for Hate.
The council takes hate crime seriously and we work alongside our partners to increase awareness of what a hate crime is, make sure people know how they can report a crime and identify perpetrators.
How to report a hate crime
If you witness or experience a hate crime, you can report this to the police by calling 101. Always call 999 immediately if it is an emergency.
If you need to access support, you can find a comprehensive list of national services available on the council’s hate crime webpage.
For more information or free Hate Crime Awareness Training & activities, please contact the Hate Crime Team by emailing Hatecrime@towerhamlets.gov.uk or calling 020 7364 6120/6105.
Posted on Tuesday 17th November 2020