Joint Statement against Gendered Islamophobia towards the European Institutions

Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Currently, EU anti-discrimination legislation beyond the spheres of employment, occupational and vocational training only applies to sex and racial or ethnic origin. There is no horizontal approach covering all grounds of discrimination.

To close the gaps in protection against any form of discrimination – including gendered islamophobia – the MEET project partners involved members of the European Parliament in an exchange on the topic and one-to one meetings- Finally, a group of MEPs sign a Joint Statement against Gendered Islamophobia to advocate towards European institutions to encourage progress towards the enforcement of the current legislative framework in order to ensure equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.

In line with principles of dignity and equality inherent in all human beings, as declared in the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (1969) and in the
Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (2000), the European Union rejects all form of racism and operates to dismantle obstacles to ensure that citizens have full access to rights and
support of the victims of hate crimes.

The joint statement is developed in the framework of the project MEET - More Equal Europe Together. Preventing islamophobia against women and girls – co-financed by the programme
Rights, equality and Citizenship (2014-2020). The action has the goals of empowering key actors at local level to build a culture of tolerance and respect; secondly of fostering a positive narrative of
Muslim girls and women targeting youth and young leaders.