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UK Muslim women suffer Islamophobic attacks: Study

A study shows that Muslim women are more likely to suffer Islamophobic attacks than men in Britain.

Source : Presstv / 21 Nov 2013

Muslim women are more likely to be targeted by Islamophobic attacks than men in Britain, a new study has found.

According to the report, entitled "Maybe We Are Hated," about 58 percent of those experiencing Islamophobia in the UK between April 2012 and April 2013 were female.

The study also found that in some 80 percent of those incidents, which were reported through TELL MAMA organization, women were wearing hijab.

The report, which was written by Chris Allen, a British government advisor and social policy lecturer at the University of Birmingham, was based on interviews with 20 female victims of anti-Muslim hatred in the UK aged between 15 and 52.

“This is the first time Muslim women's voices have been given life in terms of anti-Muslim prejudice,”said Director of Faith Matters and the Tell MAMA anti-hatred monitoring project Fiyaz Mughal, adding, “For far too long, people talk about the number of victims, the statistics of victims and the kinds of cases. We keep hearing people saying: 'What are the numbers?' We can understand that, but it's important to recognize the actual impact on people.”

Mughal earlier told Germany's international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle, that Muslims have suffered almost 1,200 Islamophobic attacks across England and Wales in 18 months to August.

In July, a study led by Nigel Copsey of Teesside University on Islamophobic incidents in Britain showed the number of attacks on Islamic centers, mosques and Muslims had multiplied ten-fold in the immediate aftermath of the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, southeast of London, on May 22.


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