Muslim women suffer multiple discrimination

30th Sep 2016

Sir, I totally agree with your argument you so beautifully put in your editorial “It is not surprising that Muslim women face triple discrimination”. One that various governments refused to listen to the Muslim community when they told them about the challenges that Muslim women face in the job market.

Secondly, the reason why more Muslim women are unemployed than Muslim men is not because their parents are refusing them to go to work, it is because of discrimination by the employers.

Thirdly, and most importantly, Muslims are viewed through the lens of extremism and terrorism by the politicians and the media. So Muslims are then considered as a suspect community and employers are reluctant to employ them. As you say, Muslim women are the ones who suffer most as they are visible form of Islam.

Yours,
Fatema Muhammed
London

Sir, The unprecedented rise in Islamophobia seems to be one of the main reasons for Muslim women not able to find a job (The Muslim News, 26 August).

However, the Government is not doing anything to counter Islamophobia. The only recommendation by the Parliamentary Inquiry is recommending is to investigate the obvious and there is a lot of published material on it, is the impact of Islamophobia in the work place.

What the Government should be doing is to investigate why is there a rise in Islamophobia and how to
prevent it.

Yours,
Aisha Shah
Birmingham

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