Follow the Women – Programme
November 22, 2013 | Nick Taylor
The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace welcomes the publication, by Tell MAMA, the Anti-Muslim Hate Crime Monitoring Organisation, of ‘Maybe We Are Hated’ which details the impact of anti-Muslim hate incidents on the lives of British Muslim women.
‘Maybe We Are Hated: The Experience and Impact of Anti-Muslim Hate on British Muslim Women’ is a report, researched and authored by Dr Chris Allen, Dr Arshad Isakjee and Ozlem Ogtem Young from the University of Birmingham.
It reviews the personal experiences and impacts of anti-Muslim prejudice on the lives of British Muslim women. It is based on approximately 88 incidents against Muslim Women between 2012/13 and reported through TELL MAMA with a further 20 women interviewed, who had experienced anti Muslim hate crime.
The report sets out personal experiences of of attacks against Muslim women and suggests significant under reporting and emphasis on statistics ignores the personal impact. The majority of incidents are ‘low level,’ but this is rarely a factor in how people react to their experience. Most female victims are ‘visually identifiable’ as Muslim (wearing clothing such as a Hijab, Niqab etc).
The report concludes that anti Muslim (in particular Muslim female) hate should be a concern for the whole of our society.
The Foundation for Peace works to tackle the root causes of prejudice and discrimination in communities through a range of innovative programmes.
‘Follow the Women’ is a bespoke programme for groups of women, especially those from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities that aims to build their skills, confidence and capacity to play active roles in tackling the issues facing them in their lives, their homes and their communities.
Terry O’Hara from the Foundation said: “we know that the role of women in conflict is critical if enduring and lasting peace is to prevail. Women pay a high price in situations of violent conflict –– yet they hold their positions as mothers, wives, partners, educators, counsellors and leaders; playing a critical role in the recovery of communities.
“Follow the Women’ explores conflict at a local, national and international level examining specific topics such as the ‘War on Terror’ and the conflict ‘back home’, as well as creating increased confidence to respond to issues such as hate crime.
“Crucially, our workshops examine the impact of these events on the women, their families and wider communities.”
The programme works with women to explore the concept of leadership and the transformational role women can play in preventing violent extremism and promoting better community relations.
“The education and empowerment of women throughout the world cannot fail to result in a more caring, tolerant, just and peaceful life for all.” Aung San Suu Kyi
Follow the Women – programme
The programme works with groups of up to 12 women from: BME communities experiencing prejudice or discrimination. The programme is delivered over a three to four month period from first meeting to the end of delivery and sessions at our international peace centre in Warrington, England. Modules Include: Identity and belonging Prejudice and discrimination Conflict back ‘home’ and here at home, Doing things differently, Making a difference: Our hopes for the future
The Outcome of the programme results in enhanced skills relating to conflict resolution and problem solving, greater confidence in holding ‘difficult conversations’, increased confidence to respond to local issues including Hate Crime, and the development of capacity to be active and positive influences in the home and neighbourhood.
Tell MAMA –
Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks) is a national project which records and measures anti-Muslim incidents in the United Kingdom and was launched in February 2012 by Eric Pickles MP Department for Communities and Local Government.