Muslim women wearing hijabs most at risk of Islamophobic attacks in Australia

 

 

Women wearing hijabs are most vulnerable to public Islamophobic attacks in Australia, while only one in four bystanders speaks out on behalf of victims.

These are the findings of a first-of-its kind report compiled by a number of universities alongside the Islamic Sciences and Research Academy of Australia and the Diversity Council of Australia.

The study also found a rise in Islamophobic incidents in the aftermath of Daesh terrorist attacks.

The report, Islamophobia in Australia, used 243 reported incidents involving physical, verbal and online attacks between September 2014 and December 2015 and found that over two-thirds of attacks where gender was recorded, they were female.

 

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