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IAM 2020: MEND Leicester- Bridging the Divides in Society

IAM 2020: MEND Leicester- Bridging the Divides in Society

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Wednesday November 25 2020

Continuing with our Annual Islamophobia Awareness Month campaign, MEND Leicester hosted a very insightful and thought-provoking virtual talk with some incredible guest speakers, providing insight into what they believe needs to be done in order to tackle all forms of racism in society as-well as local to Leicester.


MEND Question Time: Bridging the Divides in Society, essentially an open discussion with viewers, giving them the opportunity to present questions to key figures in our community regarding Islamophobia.


The discussion began with introductions of our esteemed panel which consisted of Claudia Webbe; MP for Leicester East, Ross Wilmott; Labour  Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate and Shockat Adam Patel; Volunteer and Chair of MEND Leicester working group in place of Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate Rupert Mathews who could not attend. 


The panellists were incredibly knowledgeable on the topic and were able to stimulate great viewer engagement with their well-informed responses. 


Claudia spoke in depth about the racial inequalities that has arisen in the pandemic and how it has impacted the minority groups, specifically the Muslim community and how they adapted to new restrictions.


Ross spoke passionately about the advancements of diversity in politics and policing and if these sectors are doing enough to tackle racism and religious discrimination.


The evening was rounded off with final thoughts on what our guests considered to be the most important change that will help tackle all forms of racism, islamophobia, xenophobia, and hate in order to unite the community.


The guests were clearly passionate about the subject matter, as the hour flew by and we struggled to fit in all the questions asked, which is only a good sign of a highly informative and engaging discussion. But not to worry their responses to the remaining questions will be posted shortly.


We are immensely grateful to our guest speakers for their time and efforts.


To view the webinar you can follow the link: https://fb.watch/1YSZkHfwNl/ 


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