The Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organisations (FEMYSO) would like to congratulate Zamzam Ibrahim on her election as the President of the National Union of Students (NUS) at the annual National Conference in Glasgow.
The former president of the University of Salford Students’ Union and current NUS Vice President Society and Citizenship is the third black and minority ethnic (BME) woman to hold this position and will be representing 600 student unions and over 7 million students across the United Kingdom. The dedication of Zamzam towards supporting and campaigning for student rights cannot go unnoticed.
On the 9th of April, the NUS passed the motion to formally adopt the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims’ definition of Islamophobia, and commit to a suite of actions to tackle islamophobia in the student movement as follows:
- Subscribe to the definition of Islamophobia laid out by the APPG on British Muslims
- Introduce training and on Islamophobia and implicit bias into NUS training
- Ensure all student officers are properly held to account on any instances of Islamophobia
The NUS also passed a motion that the Union of Jewish Students is set to deliver training on Antisemitism to the executive body of the NUS. FEMYSO welcomes both motions which were put forward by Bristol student Sally Patterson.
FEMYSO would like to once again congratulate Zamzam and all elected Vice-Presidents (Erica Ramos, Claire Sosienski Smith, Juliana Mohamad-Noor, and Eva Crossan Jory) on their successful election campaigns and wish all the success in their roles in bringing real positive change to students across the UK.
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- FEMYSO was founded in 1996 in Sweden at a time when Muslim youth from across Europe felt the need to come together to create a united body, to share ideas and experiences, help develop the capacity of Muslim European youth and represent their concerns and views to the European institutions. Since then, FEMYSO has grown into a wide network of 34 student and youth organisations throughout Europe, all working to benefit their communities and societies. The FEMYSO vision for European Muslim youth is proactive youth participation and service to humanity. We have trained thousands of young Muslims, contributed to the emergence of a strong confident identity of young European Muslims, and built strong partnerships with organisations across Europe.
- NUS National Conference 2019 started on April 09 and runs until April 11 in Glasgow. More information about the conference can be found at conference.nusconnect.org.uk.