At a trans-Tasman conference held at Auckland, Muslim women of Newzealand have pointed out that Islamophobia has significantly increased after the Christchurch mosque incident. According to them, Islamophobia was not that prevalent in the country before. However, the attack has made the common people agitated about Muslims.
The police standing guard outside of the conference named added some ring of truth to the claims of the Muslim women.
However, if you look inside the conference room, people are coming together and finding ways to fight this problem. According to the participants, discrimination and racism must be nipped at the bud as these elements are the root cause of terrorism.
Farida Sultana, the founder of Shakti Newzealand, told that it is a shame that the lives of 50 innocent people were lost in that unfortunate day. She said, to honour their ill-fated deaths, people should come together to start a dialogue. This is the only way through which this problem of discrimination can be sorted out.
Pakeeza Rasheed, a leader in the Muslim community, said racism and discrimination are what she faces every day. She said that some stranger once spat on her face for no reason. This tells that tales about the dehumanisation that Muslims had to face each and every day.
Pakeaza said that she thought people will lose some of this hate after the Christchurch incident. Shockingly, that was not the case. Even though there was a moment of solidarity among people, it went out pretty fast.
The participants of the conference found this to be more saddening than anything. They said this shows that the mindset of people has not changed even a tiny bit.