Posted on Wednesday 20th November 2013
Muslim women are more likely to be subjected to Islamophobic attacks than men, especially if they are wearing the niqab or other clothing associated with their religion, a study has found.
Maybe We Are Hated, a report on the impact of Islamophobic attacks, written by Dr Chris Allen, a social policy lecturer at the University of Birmingham, will be launched in the House of Commons today. It is intended to look beyond the statistics and, for the first time, give a voice to the female victims of Islamophobia.
In an article in the Guardian Fiyaz Mughal, from Faith Matters, which commissioned the report, said: "This is the first time Muslim women's voices have been given life in terms of anti-Muslim prejudice. We keep hearing people saying: 'What are the numbers?' We can understand that, but it's important to recognise the actual impact on people."
Tell Mama, a hotline for recording Islamophobic crimes and incidents, found that, excluding online abuse and threats, 58% of all verified incidents between April 2012 and April 2013 were against women and that in 80% of those cases the woman was wearing a hijab, niqab or other clothing associated with Islam.
According to Allen, some of the women said their experiences had made them question their Britishness, with one saying her husband wanted them to leave the country. He said a refusal to take Islamophobia seriously risked giving credence to the "clash of civilisations" narrative promoted by Islamists and the far right.
Read the full Guardian article 'Muslim Women more likely to suffer Islamophobic attacks than men - study'
Read article from Huffington Post 'Muslim Women Suffer Abuse For Wearing Hijab, Study Finds'
Birmingham Brief: Lifting the veil on anti-Muslim hate crimes against British women
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