Women endure most Islamophobia in Australia, study finds

Women endure most Islamophobia in Australia, study finds

Hanan Merheb was walking along a busy Sydney road listening to music when she was punched in the face in what police said was an Islamophobic attack.

The university student, 19, believes the only reason she was assaulted was because she was wearing a headscarf.

"I felt pretty unsafe," Ms Merheb told the BBC. "I was pretty angry that this happened to me in my home country."

A study has found that women wearing head coverings are most at risk of Islamophobic attacks in Australia.

The report has been billed as the nation's first of its kind.


Dr Ozalp said that Islamophobia should be better researched and documented around the world.

"I think the first solution is that the problem has to be recognised at all levels including in academia and political circles," he said.



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