Meet the Muslim women kicking out hate crime by learning self defence

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  • By Iram Sarwar

Hate crime in the West Midlands has risen by 32% in the last year, according to charity Tell MAMA who monitor anti-Muslim attacks.

There have been 73 recorded cases of Islamophobic attacks from January to October this year, compared to 53 cases in the whole of 2015.

It's thought the decision to the European Union, as well as more coverage of attacks, has led to the rise.

The charity say that Muslim women are often targeted because they are more "visible" and that often victims won't go to the police because of fear of repercussions.

As a result of this, self-defence classes catered for Muslim women have popped up across the East and West Midlands.

This one in Birmingham, started by Hailey Hanson aims to give women a space to grow their confidence so that they can tackle anything that life throws their way.