Given the recent passing of Bill 21 in Quebec, which many suggest will disproportionately affect Muslim women who wear the hijab, today I want to share the report on Islamophobia in Waterloo Region. This report was prepared in partnership between the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council and the Coalition of Muslim Women.
The authors of the report note that because so many of us believe that Canada is such a great place to live, it can be challenging for us to have authentic conversations on tough topics such as racism and islamophobia in our communities. From the report: "To disrupt such notions, we need to normalize very difficult but necessary community conversations on Islamophobia. Through open and respectful dialogue, we can achieve shared understandings that can lead to collective actions. Addressing Islamophobia and all forms of hate crimes requires an “all hands on deck” approach." The report seeks to provide information about the extent of islamophobia in our community and help to generate solutions. Take some time to read the report and also connect with the work of both WRPRC and the CMW. #365ofgoodWR