This paper provides insights into the challenges confronting parents and their children who experience Islamophobia in Australia, highlighting that countering Islamophobia, discrimination and bigotry continues to be urgent and essential for the mental welfare of Muslim families and the wellbeing of society.
Findings demonstrated that Muslim youth reported direct or indirect Islamophobia as a ‘reality’ of life in Australia and identified a lack of avenues to have conversations of their experience. Most reported they were unable to receive meaningful advice from family on these issues. Consequently, many remained silent, and tried to ignore upsetting and hurtful experiences relating to Islamophobia and public discourses on terrorism. This experience led to feelings of frustration and exclusion, compromising their sense of belonging and identity in Australia.
- the development of resources to assist Muslim families and children navigate Islamophobia and public discourses on terrorism
- creating greater access for Muslim families and children to relevant support services
- developing greater resources and strategies in education, community and health services sectors to assist educators and practitioners with understanding Islamophobia and supporting Muslim families and children
- fostering greater cultural awareness in the education, community and health services sectors to assist educators and practitioners with providing safe and inclusive learning and social environments for Muslim youth