Members of DRPS and the Regional Municipality of Durham heard from several experts on Thursday surrounding the topic of Islamophobia.
Islamophobia is described as the prejudice against, hatred towards, or fear of the religion of Islam or Muslims. More than one million Canadians and 1.6 billion people worldwide are Muslim, yet Islamophobia continues to be an ever present and growing issue in our society.
The workshop was aimed at providing knowledge about the religion of Islam and dispelling any myths, as knowledge often helps eliminate ignorance and bias.
The group heard from Amira Elghawaby of the National Council of Canadian Muslims who discussed the negative portrayal of Islam in the media and film and how we need more positive images that don't stoke fear. She noted this is particularly important for young people who may be receiving negative messages through the media and even at school.
Other speakers included Imam Yasin Dwyer, a faith based Chaplin with Correctional Services Canada and Dr. Barbara Perry, Professor in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at UOIT.
The group was encouraged to work toward fostering a community of inclusivity in Durham Region and beyond where people are not judged on mistaken stereotypes. The speakers noted that even if you yourself are not targeted, everyone has a responsibility and a role to play in standing up for what's right.
Amira Elghawaby addresses members of DRPS (JPG file, 1,468.1K bytes)