Islamophobia

British MP Jo Cox was working on report on anti-Muslim attacks before her death

Women arrive to leave a floral tribute near the scene of the murder of British MP Jo Cox in Birstall near Leeds, on June 17, 2016. (REUTERS/Phil Noble)

British MP Jo Cox, who was killed outside her constituency office last Thursday, had been planning to address parliament about an increase in attacks on Muslims — particularly women. Fiyaz Mughal, the director of Islamophobia watchdog group Tell Mama, told The Guardian: “She met us to talk about how people could report attacks; particularly women in her constituency.”

The study on which they were cooperating is expected to conclude that attacks on Muslims in Britain had risen by about 80 percent between 2014 and 2015. “We were hoping she would highlight the impact on Muslim women; particularly given the targeting [that exists],” Mughal said. “The majority [of incidents] at street level were [on] women and she was going to raise that.”

According to the Times of London, Cox recorded a video to use at the launch of the report, in which she talked about how she could help tackle Islamophobia. “Many of our young women don’t feel safe when they’re out on the street,” she said, of the increasing problems in her constituency.

Members of the British parliament came out of recess to honor Cox on Monday, with tributes by politicians from both houses ahead of a memorial service at St. Margaret’s Church. All MPs wore a single white rose as a mark of respect for their colleague, and a red rose was placed in the spot where Cox used to sit.

Read the full story at The Guardian and The Telegraph.

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