On this International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, FEMYSO as a pan-European Muslim youth and student organisation, would like to celebrate the efforts all youth activists, leaders and voices in the fight against racism.
FEMYSO is proud to be a core actor and ally of the anti-racism movement with our policy, advocacy and empowerment work, together with our Member Organisations. Our 25 years of existence bears witness to our effortless commitment to fight all forms of racism. Our numerous campaigns, projects, collaborations and publications are proof to this. And our most recent pride is a FEMYSO representative proposing and occupying the first role of the anti-racism coordinator in the Council of Europe’s Joint Council on Youth. Just like in FEMYSO, this role is committed to tackle Islamophobia, anti-Black racism, anti-gypsism and anti-semitism at a structural level.
Our Europe today is unfortunately darkened by more and more incidents and forms of hatred, structural discrimination and oppression of ethnic and religious minorities on a daily basis. Being anti-racist should therefore not be a choice, but a prerequisite for all claiming to wish or work for a more just and equal world. Public and political hate speech against racialised groups must be tackled by their root causes and be treated with zero tolerance. Efforts to tackle racism, such as the EU Anti-Racism Summit, must be fully inclusive and ensure the representation of young people. There must be no cherry picking in protecting racialised groups.
FEMYSO will always stay committed to working for a more diverse, cohesive and vibrant Europe.