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Building Solidarity, Hope and Resistance When the Sky is Falling February 3rd 2017
The past year has felt devastating for many of us fighting for a more equal, just and progressive future. The rise of Trump and Brexit have seen mainstream parties embrace the divisive politics of the far-right. Latent racism, Islamophobia and prejudice have, of course, been endemic in our societies for a long time. But the hostility....
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Against Borders for Children keeps on fighting to protect 8 million children December 8th 2016
Despite the losses, hate and fear that 2016 has meant for many, Jawaab is grateful to have found friends this year who share our vision of a world without hate. One piece of work we’re really proud to have contributed to is the Against Borders for Children campaign - fighting to reverse frightening legislation that asks for 8 milli....
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The Evolution of Islamophobia December 2nd 2016
9/11 was a watershed moment in history. Many see it as ushering in a new era of terror, insecurity and conflict. Many Muslims see it as ushering in a new era of Islamophobia. But terrorism and Islamophobia, have long and distinct histories. We should not see the rise of militant ‘Islamism’ as the backbone of Islamophobia. Thi....
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Post Ref Racism: Speaking Out and Staying Safe September 12th 2016
Three months ago, the Leave campaign was asking Britain to ‘take back control’. It told us before a poster of brown bodies fleeing untold war and devastation, that WE, WE the 6th richest country in the world were at breaking point. It spouted bigoted vitriol against migrants, Muslims and minorities. It hijacked the instability of....
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The Enemy Within? France’s Muslim Problem August 1st 2016
9/11 shook America, 7/7 shook Britain and the past year and a half has shaken France. The Charlie Hebdo shooting, the Paris attacks, the Nice atrocity and most recently the tragic killing of a priest in Normandy. And just as Bush & Blair used 9/11 & the ensuing climate of fear to rationalise their misguided War on Terror, Fra....
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What’s on Europe’s Mind? July 11th 2016
A month ago, after a leave campaign which focused on immigration, identity and 'taking back control' Britain voted to leave the EU. For many in the UK, the last month has felt devastating. For migrants and BME citizens, the last month has felt chilling. Reports of xenophobic and racist hate crime have soared since the EU referendum,....
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Orlando shooting shows us minorities must unite against oppression June 13th 2016
I woke up uncharacteristically early on Sunday morning; my sleep pattern broken from my 2am sehri, and my ears still alert to the irritating beep of the BBC News Update. Like many others around the world, I quickly became aware of the tragic Orlando shootings. My heart sank. Another mass shooting in the US, another attack in Orland....
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Work with Jawaab March 5th 2016
Jawaab has ambitious plans to expand the reach of our work over the next 12 months, involving more young people in our programmes and campaigns. We are excited to announce that we are recruiting a new part time (0.2 FTE) team member to support these developments - a Project Support Officer. Please read on for more information o....
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Jawaab’s Youth Leadership Programme October 27th 2015
Are you over 16? Do you want to try something different, meet new people and learn skills for life? Jawaab knows that young people already have the energy, motivation and ideas to drive vital change. On this new leadership programme, you’ll learn how to use social media, film, photography and digital campaigns as the platforms t....
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Statement on Prevent at ODIHR conference September 30th 2015
Europe’s largest annual human rights conference, organised by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), takes place in Warsaw from 21 September to 2 October 2015. Jawaab presented a statement around the issue of Islamophobia and how we can move forward in tackling this. As part of Jawaab’s work we ....
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Extremism isn’t the only struggle of our generation July 22nd 2015
David Cameron’s speech in Birmingham, in which he announced his plans on how to tackle extremism, motivates me to bring some aspects of the work that I have been doing with young Muslims for the last eight years into the equation. It is important to understand the real challenges facing this generation. The minority of Muslims, ....
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Biradiri – Pakistani Castes May 2nd 2015
‘Biradiri’ meaning kinship and family affiliation is held as an important value in the Pakistani community. The concept of castes was brought to the UK by the working class in Pakistan, instilling the feudalistic mindset in their communities and children. The participants we spoke to strongly opposed the concept of a caste system....
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Islamophobia in Europe May 1st 2015
Islamophobia is a term used to describe irrational hostility, fear, or hatred of Islam, Muslims, and Islamic culture, and active discrimination against these groups or individuals within them. Today, Islamophobia in Europe manifests itself through individual attitudes and behaviors, and the policies and practices of organizations ....
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A War by Drones April 29th 2015
The surge in drone deployment to Pakistan since 2005 has stimulated a conscientious effort by artists to portray the plight of the Pakistanis over the past decade. A diverse body of art has developed in Pakistan as a product of the harsh socio-political setting of the nation. The works of Pakistani artist, Naiza Khan conceptualise....
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Ban the word ‘Muslim’ March 16th 2015
I want to make a case for non Muslims in the UK to think more carefully about the way they talk about 'Muslims'. If non-Muslims are so careless about the way they use phrases like 'the Muslim community' (and the very word 'Muslim' now carries an insinuation of fostering violence), then perhaps we non-Muslims should be banned from....
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Recruitment: Advisory Board March 13th 2015
Jawaab are currently looking for individuals to join its Advisory Board The Advisory Board is made up of professionals from the fields of racism, peace and reconciliation and human rights who can offer their expert knowledge when necessary and help to promote the aims and organisational values of Jawaab to new audiences. The ro....
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The Spectator apologises March 12th 2015
Rizwan Hussain: an apology In his 7 March article (‘Jihadi John, the crazies at Cage and the fools who fund them’), Rod Liddle wrongly identified the founder of the organisation Jawaab, Rizwan Hussain, as being the former head of the Global Aid Trust, which had been exposed by a TV programme as ‘a nest of extremist Islamists....
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Home is unsafe February 26th 2015
Home is a place where we should all feel safe. However yesterday, for the first time I felt unsafe in my own city...London. On my commute to work, I was racially abused, both physically and verbally. A man grabbed my hijab and made derogatory bigoted comments. He even had the audacity to question my loyalty to my country! Why? Bec....
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The transformation of Anne Marie Waters January 28th 2015
In the first of an occasional series from Spinwatch, Hilary Aked examines Sharia Watch and its founder Anne Marie Waters. Spinwatch, which investigates and campaigns on PR, propaganda and lobbying in politics, is currently investigating the counterjihad movement. If we want to empower and inform the anti-racist movement to build a....
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Pakistani Nationalism January 25th 2015
In 2011 Jawaab conducted a survey with young British-Pakistanis asking if they were proud to be Pakistani. 95% answered yes; when asked the question why, nearly all struggled to answer. Many young people believe that this nationalistic pride comes from their forefathers and the emotions around the creation of Pakistan. You can watch ....
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Where Monoculturalism leads January 15th 2015
As France grieves for those whose lives have been so brutally taken, and more emergency and counter-radicalisation measures are discussed, the future for a peaceful Europe rests on how our leaders diagnose the problems that we collectively face. It may seem counter-intuitive, but far from suffering from an excess of multiculturali....
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Dear Young French Muslims January 14th 2015
Director Luc Besson has written a open letter to young French Muslims, calling on them to reject extremism in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo killings. My brother, if you knew how badly I hurt for you today, you and your beautiful religion that has been so sullied, humiliated, and singled out. Forgotten are your strength, your energ....
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50 Islamophobic acts since Paris attacks January 14th 2015
More than 50 Islamophobic acts have been recorded in France since the Paris incidents which took place a week ago. The figures were announced on Monday to the AFP against Islamophobia Observatory of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM). According to the president of the observatory, Abdallah Zekri, citing figures fro....
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Deconstructing the Iranian identity December 24th 2014
Recalling the Future is the latest exhibition at the Brunei Gallery at SOAS where Iranian artists challenge the conventional narrative on post-revolutionary Iran. The legitimacy of the national identity as presented by the state is questioned by reimagining the nation outside of the official image. Across the exhibition, artists c....
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Extremism Educational Pack December 22nd 2014
Today's digital age brings about many benefits, such as instant stream of information. We are never too far away from clicking and finding the answers to our questions.  Having said this there is a growing concern that it is able to serve individuals who wish harm on society. Extremism is a plague and media is one of the tools used ....
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Youth Identity-British Pakistanis December 19th 2014
British-Pakistanis are struggling with their dual identities. First generation migrants who grew up in different conditions have tried to lead an isolated lifestyle in the UK. Many parents have aimed to raise their children in the same manner, taking a narrow view of their children’s involvement in British life, which can conflict ....
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Desi Manroe December 17th 2014
Elif Rahemtullah critiques the work of Summaiya Jillani, a young upcoming Pakistani artist who with her unique style is mixing things up in the Pakistani art scene. Karachi based artist, Summaiya Jillani strikes a fine balance. Her works are steeped in motifs which are unique to Pakistani culture yet they possess a certain univers....
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#MigrantsContribute December 16th 2014
A group of organisations, community activists and leaders have come together to launch a new campaign called #MigrantsContribute.  Britain is home to seven million migrants. In recent months commentary in the media and by politicians has presented 'migration' and 'immigration' as a leading 'problem' impacting on UK's economy and so....
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Malala and Hazlenut Lattes December 9th 2014
Malala Yousafzai shook the world with her story of bravery and valor when she stood for female education and took a bullet to her head fighting for her cause. Months have passed and as the wounds of Malala’s injuries have been healing, so has the controversy surrounding her been mounting. I remember visiting Pakistan watching va....
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A Muslim Terrorist November 23rd 2014
Welcome to our new website. We bring you not only our fresh new website, but also the launch of our new campaign #IslamNoPhobia. Jawaab feels that young people’s identity is being lost to anti-Muslim hate speech on social media platforms. Also in everyday face to face situations such as in schools, work and in public. Anti-....
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Underneath the Hijab November 14th 2014
Underneath the hijab is a short film created by Young Muslim Voices campaign, looking a young girls identity beneath the scarf on her head.....
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Happy Birthday Jawaab! November 11th 2014
It's Jawaab's 3rd Birthday! 11.11.11 saw the launch of Jawaab in an underground cafe in North London. We can't believe that today marks our 3rd anniversy. The time has flown by and throughout the years we have been busy working on our British Pakistani Voices and 12 Cities Network campaigns. Jawaab wants to take this opportuni....
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British Pakistani Grooming Gangs October 21st 2014
Grooming gangs: Tackle the crime not the community Another Pakistani grooming gang has been uncovered. This time in the city of Rotherham where groups of men preyed on vulnerable women who were abused over a sustained period of time. Once again politicians and the media see it fit to conflate the long cover up of sex crime with et....
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Thoughts on Grassroots Activity October 21st 2014
What do we do on Monday morning? Mainstream media is relentless in fuelling the Far Right's portrayal of Islam, so much so that its rhetoric is part of the way many people think and feel about Muslims, particularly those who have no contact with them. The rhetoric is dangerous because it endorses the ignorance, prejudice, and f....
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Remembering Srebrenica September 5th 2014
As part of Remembering Srebrenica, a group of community activists and leaders were taken to Bosnia to learn of the genocide and the consequences of the war from 1992-1995. The visitation highlights what hatred, dehumanisation of the 'other', in this case Muslim Bosniaks leads to - death, destruction and denial. Learning about this at....
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Europe needs to tackle the threat of Islamophobia July 2nd 2014
Following the events of 22 July in Norway – when Anders Behring Breivik, driven by a hatred of Islam, killed 77 people – there have been ample expressions of outrage, analysis and commentary, but little indication as to what must to be done to prevent Islamophobia spreading. Before 22 July, the Soul of Europe, together with th....
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Islam and Sex May 31st 2014
Let’s talk about SEX The prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) never shied away from educating his followers about sex, so why do we? In our latest campaign, we’ve been discussing the issue of grooming gangs and women’s rights among the British-Pakistani community. It’s clear they’ve got a lot to say and want to talk ....
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Research on youth issues in Germany June 13th 2013
We visit Ruhr Westfalia and conduct grassroots listening, discussing the issue of Islamophobia with young people, religious and community leaders and activists. All individuals consulted from a wide range of religious and non-religious backgrounds expressed their concerns that Islamophobia was on the rise in their local area. Many of....
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Interfaith Kosovo Conference May 25th 2013
Our trip to Peja, Kosovo as part of the Interfaith Kosovo Conference was a delight. Noori Bibi chaired a a panel discussion, whilst Rizwan Hussain spoke on the subject of new age media and its current role in interfaith and grassroots dialogue. Rizwan spoke about the anti-Islamophobia Jawaab and Soul of Europe project, they have been....
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Berlin Trip: Anti-Islamophobia Campaign November 10th 2012
Jawaab alongside Soul of Europe travel to Berlin to begin the planning of a conference which will take place in Germany in 2013. The conference in September 2013 which will bring activists and mentors from across Europe who are working to tackle Islamophobia at grassroots. We are aiming to work with participants from UK, France, Ger....
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Anti-Islamophobia project: the beginning March 17th 2012
Our very first trip to Ruhr-Westphalia, Germany took place from 9-11th March 2012. Noori, Rizwan, Bilal, Peter and Donald from the Jawaab and Soul of Europe team took a road trip to northern Germany. Our visit was to begin the brainstorming of our new campaign and form a pan-European network of activists working on the issue of Isl....
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The Blind Truth January 7th 2012
The Blind Truth is Jawaab’s first feature of this year. The Blind Truth aims to highlight prevalent social issues through photography. Not long ago, a group of young adults came together and began to discuss their worries about Pakistan and Pakistani communities across the world. The discussion progressed into each individual co....
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The British Pakistani Community December 3rd 2011
British Pakistanis and the current situation of Pakistan gets a lot of bad press. We decided to stroll through the streets of London and spoke to a non-Pakistanis on what they thought about the Pakistani community. Here is what they had to say!....
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Pakistani and Proud – Nationalism November 14th 2011
95% of young British Pakistanis we asked said they were proud of being Pakistani As part of the 'Grassroots Voices of British Pakistani' campaign Jawaab decided that we needed to run a small social experiment. We stopped young British Pakistanis on the streets of London and asked them a simple question, if they were proud to be....
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British Pakistani Role Models November 6th 2011
Our mini voxpops continue - today we are at Brunel University to ask some of the students who are their role models and why. There seems to be a perception that there is a lack of positive role models out there for British Pakistanis. These young people have proved that this isn't necessarily the case.....
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Young Vs Old- Brit Paks November 5th 2011
Intergenerational conflict has been identified by many young Muslims as being one of the issues, elders just don't seem to understand youth issues. Jawaab took to the streets to ask older members from the Pakistani community what they thought of young people - just to turn the conversation the other way round!....
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One Word: Pakistani November 3rd 2011
British Pakistani youth's identity and loyalty is always being questioned by the media and politicians. So we thought why not ask them ourselves. What do young British Pakistanis think sums up their identity? We posed one simple question to them, 'what is the first word which comes to your mind when you hear the word Pakistani?' an....
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What does the word ‘PAKI’ mean to you? November 1st 2011
We launch our new campaign 'Grassroots Voices of British Pakistanis' in 11 days time and to count down the days, we have a few teasers to share with you, just to get the discussion going! We visited Moon Shisha Lounge in Birmingham and asked some of the young peeps questions on identity and being Pakistani. Check out this video!....
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British Muslim & Bengali – Terrorism & Islamophobia November 14th 2010
Young British Muslim Bengali men talk about Terrorism, Islamophobia, Gangs and Crime Akhtar Abu, a young British Bengali Muslim man decided to film a short documentary at Cornwallis Adventure Playground based in Islington. This was the place where he spent most of his time growing up. He went around with a camera and captured th....
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Somalia Vs UK Transport November 13th 2010
For our Young Refugee Voices Campaign, we partnered up with arts organisation MotiRoti and created a short film. A young Somali participant Mohamed Osman Salah describes the differences in transport in the UK and Somalia.....
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Young Refugees and Identity September 13th 2010
A short film created by a Abdul Aziz on the topic of youth identity. Young Refugee Voices consisted of a group of young people from various backgrounds and ages, coming together and working on various arts project. Abdul Aziz came from Ethiopia and wanted to explore his identity and how his perceptions of it is different from his pee....
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Two Worlds Poem July 13th 2010
'Two Worlds' Poem was created by Jamal Ali, a young Somali living in North London. As part of arts organisation MotiRoti's workshops - the participants were asked to write words which they felt that described their feelings, their world around them and their identity. Jamal worked through the words to come up with this short poem, wh....
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Kick Islamophobia Highlights January 14th 2010
Here are the video highlights from our anti-racism festival and football tournaments for 2008 and 2009.....
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All Shades of Grey Film November 13th 2009
As part of the Young Refugee Voices campaign, a group of young people produced this short film to record their stories of what it's like to be a young refugee or asylum seeker. The short documentary worked with over 40 young people from Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Bangladesh, who had recently arrived in the UK. It looks into t....
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New in London from Turkey August 13th 2009
'I am Turkish and I want to learn English...' Furkan, 19 came to London 8 months ago and wanted to create a short film about his months here. Furkan was part of the Young Refugee Voices project and was always keen to take part and learn more. He was born in Turkey and came here, frustrated that he didn't speak English, Furkan enro....
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Islam and Youth Identity February 14th 2009
Maslaha filmed this short piece with our Young Muslim Voices team. Here our young peeps share perspectives on what Islam means to them.  Thank you to the Maslaha team for attending our conference and sharing this with us!....
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Report Launched – Young Muslim Voices November 14th 2008
Young Muslim Voices campaign held its first conference in November 2008 - inviting key decision makers, influencers and local politicians from across London to listen and understand social issues young people are facing. The conference was organised and delivered by young people themselves and raised important issues ranging from dis....
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