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Ashaadibi Education & Cultural Centre announced as winners of No Place for Hate pledge competition

NPFH competition winners
Ashaadibi Education & Cultural Centre has been announced as the winner of the Tower Hamlets No Place for Hate pledge competition.  

The centre held a series of hate crime awareness events which helped them secure more than 200 new sign ups to the pledge. 

The competition runs every year during National Hate Crime Awareness Week (9 – 16 October 2021) and encourages individuals and organisations to sign Tower Hamlets Council’s No Place for Hate pledge. Signatories are encouraged to take action and proactively challenge hate.  

Representatives from the Ashaadibi Education & Cultural Centre received their award at the Town Hall on Monday 21 March, which also marked the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. 

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:  

“I want to congratulate Ashaadibi Education & Cultural Centre for winning our annual No Place for Hate pledge competition. The work they have done to raise awareness and encourage action against hate crime sets an example for us all.  

“I’d encourage everyone to sign our No Place for Hate pledge so we can be unified in our solidarity against hate crime.” 

Tower Hamlets continues to be a multi-award-winning borough in its work to tackle hate crime. To date, the council has received more than 5,000 personal and 200 organisational No Place for Hate pledges.  

Sahra Mire from the Ashaadibi Education & Cultural Centre, said:  

“We’re thrilled to have been announced winners of the council’s No Place for Hate pledge competition. At the Ashaadibi Education & Cultural Centre, we do not tolerate hate crime or hate speech and we’re passionate about raising awareness and encouraging everyone to get involved. Together we can send a clear message that hate crime is not tolerated in Tower Hamlets.” 

By signing the pledge, individuals and organisations are 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. 

Councillor Sirajul Islam, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: 

“We take hate crime seriously and 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.  

“In Tower Hamlets, we believe that it is everyone’s job to stand up to hate crime and the ways it can present itself. Well done to everyone at the Ashaadibi Education & Cultural Centre for all their hard work in this area.” 

To find out more about hate crime, what the council is doing and how to report, please visit the hate crime page. 

To sign the council’s No Place for Hate pledge, please visit the No Place for Hate pledge page. 

Posted on Tuesday 22nd March 2022