This Islamophobia Awareness Month, join one of the events to celebrate the unique achievements and contributions of Muslim communities in Brent and beyond.
Brent Council has organised an in-person event, ‘Stand against Islamophobia’, taking place at the Civic Centre on 23 November from 6-8.30pm. The event will include talks from experts and Muslim history makers, including Mariah Idrissi, H&M’s first ever hijab-wearing model, about the impact of discrimination.
Other events, which aim to show that discrimination and hate crime will not be tolerated, include a peace walk and tree planting organised by the Brent Multi-Faith Forum on 20 November to symbolise peace, unity and solidarity between all communities. The walk will begin at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (44 Wembley Park Drive, HA9 8HN) at 2pm and will end at Mount Pleasant Open Space at around 4.30pm with around 47 minutes walking in total.
The Yellow in Wembley Park will also be hosting a conversation with award-winning journalist and Channel 4 News anchor, Fatima Manji on 24 November where she will be discussing Britain’s longstanding connection with the Muslim world in her book ‘Hidden Heritage’.
Cllr Fleur Donnelly-Jackson, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, Equalities and Culture, said: “People come from all over the world and choose Brent to be their home. It’s because of this that Brent is proudly one of the most diverse areas in the country.
“Islamophobia Awareness Month is all about recognising the hurdles that many of our friends, colleagues and neighbours must overcome on a daily basis simply because of their faith. It aims to bring people together in solidarity to stand against discrimination and hate crime in all its forms.
“We will always strive to make Brent an inclusive and accepting place for people of all backgrounds. I hope you’ll join me in attending one of the events to mark this month, show we are all united and that any form of discrimination will not be tolerated.”