EFOMW participated in two-days online workshop 25-26 January hosted by Equinet, (the European Network of Equality Bodies)
Workshop was co-organized with the European Commission (the Commission’s coordinator on combating anti-Muslim hatred) and brought together national equality bodies and civil society organisations working on issues related to discrimination and intolerance against Muslims.The workshop follows a high-level political event held on 18 June 2020.
The aim with the event was to build links between civil society organisations (CSOs) and national equality bodies on the topic of tackling discrimination and intolerance against Muslims, and to :
- Explore the phenomenon of anti-Muslim hatred and discrimination to better understand its manifestations and its impact on victims
- Identify possible ways to fight against hate speech and the normalisation of anti-Muslim hatred and discrimination based on the shared experience of CSOs and equality bodies
- Identify best practices on how to tackle discrimination and intolerance against Muslims
- Identify strategies on how to build trust in equality bodies to face the challenges of the underreporting of discrimination against Muslims
Event included very constructive discussions on priorities, obstacles and possibilities in this field.
Some of EFOMW’s recommendations were:
- Equality Bodies to work more proactively if possible, issuing public statements regarding Islamophobia, as well as to work towards governments to reach deep sustained change.
- a more regular involvement and exchange with both Equinet and the EC coordinator on the issues specifically concerning Muslim women in Europe as they are primary victims of Islamophobia,
- collaborative PR campaigns which would specifically tackle gendered aspects of anti-Muslim hatred with support of Equinet and the EC.
It was a beneficial event and important first step in finding solutions for an urgent and complex issue. We look forward to more events like this that could perhaps help us to deeper explore possibilities for joint actions and find the best way forward in work against discrimination.