It has been 20 years since the publication of Runnymede Trust’s Commission on British Muslims and
Islamophobia and more than two years have elapsed since Bedfordshire Police began recording hate crimes which targeted Muslims. Sadly, the data shows a 50% increase year on year. These crimes range from verbal abuse to serious and violent assaults, with the majority of perpetrators targeting women.

Islamophobia, like all forms of discrimination, is unacceptable. No excuses.

As part of Islamophobia Awareness Month (IAM) which takes place every year during the month of November, Luton Council of Mosques, Sunni Council of Mosques and Lantern Women’s Group jointly hosted a conference titled ‘Challenging Islamophobia, Strengthening Communities’ in Bedfordshire.

The conference provided an insight into prevailing trends related to Islamophobia, it’s impact and an
overview of the activities from statutory and community organisations to tackle anti-Muslim prejudice. There was also an opportunity to shape our local strategy on challenging Islamophobia and building stronger communities.

The conference was attended by more than 80 people with representation from local government, regional employers, academic and research institutes as well as the voluntary sector.

The survey results and presentations from the conference are available here:

Challenging Islamophobia, strengthening communities – Nov 2017 conference