Melbourne "Coffee With A Muslim" Meet To Tackle Tensions

Event on in Casey

Melbourne "Coffee With A Muslim" Meet To Tackle Tensions

A Melbourne woman is hoping to tackle rising Islamophobia with a new event called "Coffee With A Muslim".

Teacher Inaz Janif hopes to bridge the gap between Muslims and non-Muslims by hosting the event at the Hampton Park Uniting Church on July 29.

She told News Corp she's noticed discrimination against Muslim-Australians was on the rise especially in the wake of recent terror attacks across the world.

The event, which can be found on Facebook, invites everyone to "come down to have an open chat."

"You may have had burning questions about Muslims and Islam and this is a chance for you to ask these quesitons respectfully. You don't have to talk about religion at all."

The Islamophobia in Australia report ‒ which was a collaboration between several universities, the Islamic Sciences and Research Academy of Australia and the Diversity Council Australia ‒ found that public incidents of Islamophobia increased in the wake of Islamic terror attacks.

The document, released on July 10, also found that women were most often targeted in racist attacks (67.7 per cent) and of those, 79.6 per cent

It follows a 2016 study by the University of South Australia which found that one in ten Australians hold "strong feelings of antipathy towards Muslims", 70 percent had very low levels and about 20 percent were undecided.

79.6 per cent of those women abused were wearing a religious head covering.

In three out of four of the public attacks, no one did anything.

Janif is hopeful a simple cup of coffee will go some way towards increasing understanding.

"Let's get to know each other better in Casey for a better future for all."

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