The role of the media in the rise of hate crime in the UK is unequivocal. For too long now the right-wing tabloid press in the UK has vilified minorities and vulnerable groups. This vilification is by no means a new phenomenon and has long existed in British Media.
After having narrowly escaping death during the London terrorist attack on 7th July 2005, Sajda left her corporate background to now lead the multi-award winning women's charity JAN Trust in its work to educate communities to tackle extremism, marginalisation and violence against women and girls. Her work is at the forefront and continues to empower those from under-represented groups (particularly Muslim women) and provides a voice for women, combats violence against women, working towards countering terrorism, and providing young people with the tools to achieve their ambitions in creating a better and safe society. For the past decade, she has supported thousands of women and young people across the UK. Sajda's work and activism has received national and international recognition and she has been profiled in the Guardian, the Big Issue, Cosmopolitan, Red and Time Out Magazine. She has received a number of distinguished awards and was named 2015's "Ultimate Woman" by Cosmopolitan Magazine. Sajda has written comment pieces and appeared in printed press including the Guardian, the Independent, the Telegraph, the Evening Standard, the Mirror, the Sun, Closer Magazine and the Huffington Post. She has appeared in a wide range of press including Channel 4 News, Sky News, CNN, ITV News, BBC News, BBC Radio 4's 'Today' Programme, BBC Woman's Hour, BBC Victoria Derbyshire Show, Channel 5 and ITV's Lorraine Show. Sajda is a member of a number of Advisory Groups for private companies, local authorities and with the Government including being part of the Prime Minister's Community Engagement Forum. She is an expert advisor with the online safety platform Internet Matters. She is regularly asked to speak on her 7/7 experience and countering extremism at conferences, universities, colleges and schools both at home and internationally. Sajda's work has also been noted and commended by various key dignitaries including the former Prime Minister, David Cameron, celebrities and various other Ministers. To learn more about Sajda and her work, visit www.sajdamughal.com
Last week the governments' audit on race disparity revealed deeply ingrained disparities that exist across the UK, the data unequivocally points to disadvantage for Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.
16/10/2017 12:10 BST
Since 2010, almost 2,000 acid attacks have been reported in London alone. Almost a third of these attacks occurred in the borough of Newham, east London. The majority of these cases have not led to trial, with 74% of cases being shelved due to victims being unable to identify perpetrators.
26/07/2017 17:36 BST
The internet has transformed the way in which extremists radicalise and recruit, enabling them to reach global audiences in ever more dynamic ways. Vulnerable people, often seeking a sense of identity, are then radicalised through online material or groomed for recruitment. The rise in Islamophobic hate crimes leaves Muslims increasingly isolated and susceptible to radicalisation.
17/07/2017 16:53 BST
In the same way that the Muslim community have been active in challenging and preventing Islamic extremism, there needs to be more done at the community level to prevent far right extremists from influencing people. Supporting a national narrative of unity, diversity and coexistence is at the heart of prevention, and should not be undermined by our politicians or by sensationalism in the mainstream media.
05/07/2017 17:25 BST
Over 11 years have passed since 7/7, the terror that took place that day still haunts me as if it were yesterday. As a Muslim and 7/7 survivor, sat on the same train as the bomber, I was horrified to learn that the perpetrators had carried the attack out in the name of Islam, a religion of peace.
04/08/2016 10:15 BST
After a long agonizing 45 minutes of panic, anxiety and fright I heard a distant voice saying "it's police, we are coming to get you." I still remember the huge relief I felt that moment, it was the biggest sense of relief in the 22 years of my life. When I came out of 7/7 I believed I had been given a second chance.
06/07/2015 10:11 BST
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