What do you know about Islamophobia?
Islamophobia Awareness Month (November) is a month long campaign held each year to raise awareness of Islamophobia and the many positive ways in which British Muslims contribute to society, as well as encouraging people to seek help if they, or someone they know, are affected by hate incidents.
At FVC, we encourage unity and solidarity with our community – so here’s what you need to know about Islamophobia:
What is Islam?
Islam is a religion, and the people who follow Islam are referred to as Muslims. It is the second biggest religion in the UK after Christianity.
Muslims make up almost one quarter of the world’s population and in the UK it is approximately 1 in 20 people.
What is Islamophobia?
Throughout the UK there are many different faiths and religions and the majority of the time, people get along and are free to live how they choose.
However, some people can be targeted because of their beliefs, religions or ethnicities.
MEND identify Islamophobia as a prejudice, aversion, hostility, or hatred towards Muslims.
In research conducted by the NUS, a third of Muslim students across the UK had experienced abuse or crime on campuses and in the vast majority of cases, these incidents related to their Muslim identities.
A diverse learning community…
Forth Valley College is proud to have a diverse learning community and we strive to ensure our campuses offer safe, inclusive learning environments.
FSVA Student President, Andrew Smirthwaite, said: “FVSA looks to encourage and foster a positive understanding of Islam throughout our membership. We recognise that Forth Valley is diverse and we actively promote inclusiveness across all our campuses and events. We endeavour to be an association that offers a safe space to those of any faith or lack thereof.”
Whilst we hope you never need it – you can find more information here in regards to reporting a hate incident.
For more information on Islamophobia, visit https://www.mend.org.uk/