This Manual has been designed for civil society organisations, youth organisations and human rights activists fighting against racism and discrimination, providing with some information and data on Islamophobia and gendered Islamophobia in particular, in order to support them in their work of preventing and combating such phenomenon by raising awareness, promoting counter-narratives and, in general, designing action to counter it. The work done by the MEET project offers examples of actions that can be implemented, as well as provides some data related to the issue in the six partner countries that can be of help to organisations and activists working in the field.

The first chapter is an introductory chapter. Paragraph 1.1 is devoted to explain why the Project MEET is needed, starting to address the issues of Islamophobia and especially Islamophobia against women and girls, which will be the subject of Chapter 2.

In paragraph 1.2 the Project itself is described, from the partnership to the objective and the modus operandi of the Project with its main actions. In the following paragraph (1.3) the outcomes of the Project are outlined as of November 2021 (when this Manual has been drafted).

Chapter 2 is dedicated to the focus of the Project and of this Manual, which is gendered Islamophobia, starting from the concept of Islamophobia (2.1) to specific manifestations of Islamophobia against women and girls (2.2), supported by some data. A list of the main stereotypes and misconceptions against Muslim women elaborated within the Project is presented (2.2), as well as the Project’s survey on Islamophobia against women and girls from the methodology to the main findings (2.3).

The third chapter is devoted to the country case studies, which provide information and data on Islamophobia and gendered Islamophobia in the partner countries, with particular reference to legislations and practices affecting women in girls and actions to prevent and combat such discriminations. The paragraphs are contributions collected from the Project’s partners, that also mention the work done by the Local Observatories on Islamophobia, as well as the focus groups conducted for the survey, which are among the activities that have been implemented within the Project.

The content of the Chapters 4 and 5 is a contribution from the partner FEMYSO, addressing policy interventions and providing resources and information tools.

The Manual can be downloaded here: EU MANUAL ENG

The Project MEET – More Equal Europe Together. Preventing Islamophobia against women & girls,4 is co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union and it involves 6 European countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Hungary, Italy and
Poland) and 9 partners:
• Fondazione L’Albero della Vita (project coordinator)
• Lab 80 Film
• Partners Bulgaria Foundation
• Pistes Solidaires
• Polish Migration Forum
• Pour La Solidarité
• Progetto Aisha
• Subjective Values Foundation