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‘Maybe We Are Hated’: The Experience & Impact of anti-Muslim Hate on British Muslim Women
In collaboration with the Tell MAMA (www.tellmamauk.org) anti-Muslim hate monitoring project, a team from the University of Birmingham, led by Government advisor Dr Chris Allen, has interviewed 20 British Muslim female victims of anti-Muslim hatred.
The report reveals that:
• Attacks on Muslim women account for 58% of all incidents reported to Tell MAMA, the UK’s premier anti-Muslim hatred reporting & monitoring project
• 80% of female victims are visually identifiable (wearing the hijab or headscarf, niqab or full face veil, or other clothing associated with Islam)
• In one incident, a pregnant woman was run over (”the perpetrator got back in his car and drove at her, running her over. Rachel was unable to get out of the way due to being pregnant”)
• In others (the majority of cases) abuse was low-level, verbal, in public places (“fucking Muslim”, “terrorist”, “Mrs Usama bin Laden”, “Muslim monkey”, “ninja”, “go and eat some pork”)
• For more than a decade, research has consistently shown that Muslim women are repeat victims of anti-Muslim hate – yet often don’t report to police or statutory agencies, leading to a disparity with ‘official’ figures of reported anti-Muslim crimes
• Victims are often left feeling deeply anxious, vulnerable, afraid to go outside, as well as shock, embarrassment and humiliation (“[I] cried in the middle of the street…I did not feel safe…I felt fearful and worried about my life”)
• The experiences led to feelings of exclusion and separation, of not belonging to Britain or of being a part of British society (“Am I a British Muslim or a Bangladeshi Muslim?” … “maybe we are hated…I feel we’re not going to be accepted as British, like we’re always going to [be] seen as an outsider”)
This is the second in a series of major reports on anti-Muslim prejudice that Faith Matters has produced through the TELL MAMA national campaign.