MAGIC (Muslim women and communities Against Gender Islamophobia in society) is a project devised to prevent gender Islamophobia in Spain and in Belgium, in particular in media outlets, and to draw lessons useful for other European countries.
The project will be carried out by a consortium led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) and formed by the Media Diversity Institute Global, the Collectif contre l’Islamophobie en Belgique and the Fundación Al Fanar para el Conocimiento Árabe. Today this consortium has held the online kick-off meeting of the project.
In the span of two years (2021-2023) the project will map gender islamophobia in Belgian and Spanish newspapers and equip Muslim communities´ leaders, Muslim women, and CSOs working on diversity with skills and tools to recognize and stand against stereotypes against Muslim women in public narratives and to promote inclusiveness of Muslim voices in the media. It will do so not only through training and supporting awareness campaigns but also by enhancing knowledge, dialogue, and mutual cooperation among those groups and media practitioners.
These activities will involve at least 60 Muslim communities´ leaders and Muslim women, 60 representatives of NGOs/CSOs, and 60 representatives of media circles. Joint activities and continuous exchanges between these groups will ultimately lead to the creation of MAGIC – a Coalition of Muslim women and communities Against Gender Islamophobia in society -.
The envisaged role of this coalition will be to pursue the goals of the project beyond its duration and geographical framework.
Lead Partner: European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed)
Partners: Media Diversity Institute Global, Fundación Al Fanar para el Conocimiento Árabe, Collectif contre l’Islamophobie en Belgique
Region/Country: EU, Spain, Belgium
Timeframe: March 2021-March 2023