Hamara seeks ambassadors to help combat Islamophobia

Hamara Healthy Living Centre, the Beeston-based community organisation, is recruiting ambassadors as part of its Building Bridges project.

Building Bridges logoBuilding Bridges is one of twelve projects funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation which aim to combat Islamophobia across West Yorkshire.

“We are looking for up to 20 inspiring and ambitious ‘Ambassadors’, male and female, who can collectively reflect the diverse Muslim communities of Leeds.”

Ambassadors will get the opportunity to:

  • Attend two visioning and planning days (non-residential) on 16th and 23rd March 2013 (10am-4pm)
  • Directly address Islamophobia by developing and delivering workshops and resources to a range of audiences via a ‘Roadshow’
  • Gain accreditation in Leadership, Community Development and attend a Masterclass Media Workshop
  • Shape agendas and contribute to policy issues

The deadline for applications is Friday 1st March. You can find more information and an application form at the Building Bridges website.

Wikipedia defines Islamophobia as “prejudice against, hatred towards, or irrational fear of Muslims.”

“In 1997, the British Runnymede Trust defined Islamophobia as the “dread or hatred of Islam and therefore, [the] fear and dislike of all Muslims,” stating that it also refers to the practice of discriminating against Muslims by excluding them from the economic, social, and public life of the nation. The concept also encompasses the opinions that Islam has no values in common with other cultures, is inferior to the West and is a violent political ideology rather than a religion.”

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