Stop Hate: taking a stand for Hate Crime Awareness Week
Haringey will take a stand against hate next week as the council and partners come together to mark national Hate Crime Awareness Week, October 14-21.
The council, local police and key partners are committed to driving out hate crime and encouraging people to speak out and report it if they have fallen victim to crime targeted at their race, religion, sexuality, gender or disability.
A series of Stand Up! Education Against Discrimination workshops led by Streetwise and supported by Tell MAMA and Kick it Out will be held at CoNEL. The sessions will explore issues of discrimination and hate, focusing on anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, with the college keen to raise awareness amongst students, offer a safe place for young people to learn about and act against discrimination, and encourage a greater understanding across different minority groups.
British Transport Police officers will be on hand at transport hubs including Wood Green, Seven Sisters and Finsbury Park stations to speak to the public about hate crime, offer advice and support and explain steps they take in response to reports they receive on the transport network.
And a special public event at the Civic Centre at 6.30pm on October 19 will turn the spotlight on the female experience of dealing with hate crime, with a panel of speakers including victims and support agencies. Taking part will be representatives from Tell MAMA, which supports victims of anti-Muslim hate crime; the Jan Trust; a young victim of hate crime, and BBC London Radio presented Eddie Nestor. With 70 percent of hate crime victims being female, the panel will explore what this means for women from minority backgrounds, and how support services should respond.
Cllr Eugene Ayisi, Haringey Council Cabinet Member for Communities, said:
“Raising awareness of hate crime is essential, not just to ensure that perpetrators of such highly personal, targeted crimes are brought to justice, but also to offer the best possible support to victims and communities too often deeply affected by hate crime.
Victims of hate crime are known to suffer more serious harm that a victim of a similar non-targeted offence. A crime that may have only had a minor impact becomes, with the element of hate, an intimate and harmful attach that can seriously undermine the victim’s quality of life.
I hope that national Hate Crime Awareness Week will serve as a catalyst for some really important conversations about how we can tackle the causes of hate crime, increase victims’ confidence to come forward, and ensure that people get the support they need and deserve if they feel targeted.”
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