A new toolkit, which has been introduced to fight rising Islamophobia in Europe, has looked at eight countries to see which biased narratives were being used to spread anti-Muslim hatred and how to counter them.
In the wake of growing racism across Europe, a project to counter Islamophobia was launched in the European Parliament on Wednesday.
Experts and academics gathered at the parliament for the launch of the two-year Counter-Islamophobia Kit (CIK) project funded by the European Commission's Directorate of Justice.
They called on member states and policymakers to play a more active role in the fight against Islamophobia and strengthen legal procedures on the issue.
TRT World's Assed Baig reports.
The project reviews dominant anti-Muslim narratives and compares counter-narratives in eight EU members states of France, Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Portugal, Greece, and the UK.
Full house today as @GreenJeanMEP and @ARDIEP2014_2019 host the launch of @CIK_UniLeeds - the largest-ever study into how to tackle Islamophobic narratives, based on research across 8 EU countries. pic.twitter.com/m8GsoiO2xS— Jean Lambert Office (@OfficeGreenJean) September 26, 2018
The project outlines 10 counter-narratives that must be prioritised in Europe:
- Challenging and contextualising constructions of Muslim "threat"
- Building inclusive nations: challenging exclusive and discriminatory national projects
- Cultural compatibility and conviviality: challenging the narrative separation of cultural and ethnic groups
- Elaborating plurality: challenging narratives of Muslim singularity
- Challenging narratives of sexism
- Building inclusive futures
- Deracialising the state: challenging institutional narratives
- Emphasising humanity and Muslim normalisation: challenging narratives of division
- Creating Muslim space(s)
- Challenging distorted representation: verity and voice