Pledge to say No to Islamophobia today


Islamophobia is prevalent in our society, but it doesn’t have to be.

Every day people are experiencing Islamophobic hate crime and research shows that the majority of anti-muslim hate is directed at women. Over the past 6 months Shantona have been working to collect local women’s untold stories and make a difference.  We have transformed those stories into a short book coming soon and the short  film below, showcasing the voices of local muslim women.



However, we know this is not enough.

It is everybody’s responsibility to stand up and Say No to Islamophobia, not just muslims, and to show our society that these attitudes and behaviours are not acceptable. So we are asking you to call out Islamophobia every time you hear it, see it and sense it, whether that is at your workplace, in the supermarket, at the bus queue or even in our your own home.

We’re urging individuals and organisations to sign up to our pledge to show that Yorkshire says ‘No to Islamophobia.'

Click the pledge link below and signing up to join the growing number of individuals and organisations in Leeds to make a change.


Make the Pledge...


and join the list of organisations and individuals who have pledged so far:

  • Women Friendly Leeds, Women's Health Matters, Leeds Arts Health and Wellbeing Network, Leeds Women's Aid, Service User Group Live Well Leeds, Live Well Leeds, Touchstone, Chapeltown Community Nursery, Feel Good Factor, Zest, Leeds Cookery School, Open Source Arts Leeds, Liz Thompson, Hannah Carey, Losa Marl, Carol Cronin, Esther Bissell, Derek Simpson and an additional 37 individuals who were the first to sign the pledge on the screening of our Islamophobia: Untold Stories film.

  • 'I came to the UK five years ago that time I wasn't able to speak any English. By attending Shantona women centres ESOL courses two years at the moment I am studying GCSE English with Thomas Danby College. Also, I'm involved in childcare volunteer with Shantona. I have done ESOL entry one and two, childcare level one, let's play together, story sacks numeracy which was provided by Shantona women centre. I would like to thank Shantona for helping me improve my confidence. Also, I will suggest people like me should come to Shantona and attend the activity they are providing and support them to go further.'

    Previous service user now a volunteer worker at Shantona's creche

  • 'I used to walk past Shantona all the time without knowing what they did, until one day I was referred through social care services. I received support and realised there were other women just like me and that I wasn’t alone and my bad relationship experiences were not normal. I joined in with DV awareness raising sessions and workshops, they made such a huge difference and helped me regain my confidence enough to start speaking out about my own experiences of DV during the '16 days of action' event.'

    Adult Service User

  • 'I have learned how to stay safe online and using social media. I have become more confident to talk about my problems with my support worker and my self-esteem is increasing'

    Young People's Service User

  • 'At first I accepted that forced marriage was part of the cultural norm, but now I realise that it is wrong'

    Young People's Service User

  • 'I have seen changes in the students, the students are considering the bigger picture more and other aspects of issues affecting them. When challenged about their views or behaviour I see a more reflective student as before. I see Shantona's role as an external agency that can provide targeted intervention for groups of our young people who require closer attention. School do not have the expertise and knowledge to provide such material at the level and intensity that Shantona can.'

    Sat Hundal Deputy for Behaviour & Safeguarding Allerton Grange School

  • 'I feel much happier and confident that I’m getting my life back on track. I have started to attend groups to help expand my knowledge and make new friends.'

    Adult Service User

  • 'When the girls started to come to the girl's group all they were interested in was turning 16 and being able to get married…now they realise how important their education is and are looking to the future and thinking about going to University and getting jobs. Through informal education, we have raised their aspirations'

    Youth Worker

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