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  • Statement: Terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand

  • On this tragic day, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, the dead and wounded of the horrible terrorist attack in Christchurch. We are heartbroken by such a manifestation of hate and violence. 

    This act of terror by a far right militant showcases one of the bloodiest manifestations of Islamophobia. It is a reminder for civil society and decision-makers alike that the normalisation of Islamophobia through hateful and stigmatising discourses by certain politicians and the media, has real and devastating consequences. The dangerous far right ideology which motivated the attack does not come from a vacuum and is fuelled and validated by everyday political and media discourses marginalising muslims and painting them as the public enemy.The Christchurch events, and numerous before them, in Quebec, Oslo, Charlottesville or Pittsburgh, show that far right extremism, like other forms of extremism, can destroy lives and shatter families. 

    The European Forum of Muslim women will continue to fight and denounce Islamophobia and its different manifestations, by advocating for equal and inclusive societies. Policy makers across Europe need to be made aware of the immediate need for action to ensure that policies are protecting muslim communities rather than stigmatise them. 

    We stand in solidarity with the families affected, the muslim communities under attack and the people of New Zealand in those difficult times.
  • 15.03.2019
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