Europe: Muslim Women Most At Risk for Violent, Racially Motivated Attacks


Of the nearly 50,000 racially motivated crimes in Europe in 2013, Muslim women were among those targeted most often. Today, they remain the group that is most at risk for such attacks. The attacks are often physical and “very violent.”

This is according to a new report published by the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), which Newsweek covered this week:

“Islamophobic crimes are on the increase in France, England and Wales, the report says. Among the more shocking findings is that Muslim women are more likely to be victims of Islamophobic crimes than men, and these crimes are often physical and very violent. According to the Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF), 78% of Islamophobia victims in France were women in 2013.

The report aligns with the research of scholars like Chris Allen, a board member of The Bridge Initiative, who has shown the devastating consequences of Islamophobic attacks on veiled Muslim women in Europe.

Newsweek highlights this interesting — and troubling — tidbit:

“The report says that there has been a considerable rise in violence over the last few years, attributing the increase to the economic crisis, and the growth of far-right parties and hate speech in political discourse.”

You can read the full report here at ENAR’s website.

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