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Coalition’s free schools project spells disaster for many already facing acute educational disadvantage

Press Release: 5 September 2011

The free schools agenda is coming at a high price to many communities that already face educational disadvantage, says Race on the Agenda (ROTA). There are worrying signs that local communities are losing out.

These include 20 voluntary organisations that will be displaced by the West London Free School, whose choice of premises, Palingswick House, is the building from which they have provided services to vulnerable groups including refugees and homeless people for the past 30 years. Additionally...Read more

Girls left vulnerable to gang-related sexual and physical violence across the country

Press Release: 22 March 2011

Follow-up to ROTA (Race on the Agenda) Female Voice in Violence report that discovered the use of "rape as a weapon of choice" against women and girls in London finds more weapons, less choice for females suffering from serious violence across the country.

England is failing to protect girls under the age of 18 from sexual and physical serious violence, according to new research by ROTA (Race on the Agenda).

Girls and women across the country who disclose...Read more

Joint Press Release Equanomics UK, Runnymede Trust, Centre for Local Policy Studies and Race On The Agenda

Press Release: 22 March 2011


A coalition of race equality organisations told senior MPs today that the government is not doing enough to tackle race inequalities in the UK.

They also expressed concern regarding the government's decision last week to re-open its consultation on the Equality Act 2010's specific equality duties, arguing that this could result in a watering down of the legislation. This is the third consultation on the specific equality duties.

The comments were made to the Home...Read more

Awards pile up for former ROTA policy officer

Press Release: February 2011

Carlene Firmin has prioritised young people for years.

At 27, she is now the youngest black woman to receive an MBE. She has also been listed as one of Britain's top 35 most powerful women under 35 by GLAMOUR Magazine.

GLAMOUR's Features Director, Corrie Jackson, said: "Carlene really impressed us with her dedication - and, in particular, the fact that she has been so instrumental at such a young age. The brilliant and imaginative way she has tackled gang-affected women and girls should be applauded."

Yet...Read more

ROTA appoints new Chief Executive

Press Release: October 2010

Dr. Elizabeth Henry joined ROTA (Race on the Agenda) in October 2010. Following a successful stint as Interim CEO, Dr. Henry will lead a member-driven organisation in ROTA that delivers voice and policy support to London's Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

Elizabeth said: "I am delighted to be joining ROTA. Now, more than ever, is the time for a revitalised effort on the part of the voluntary and private sectors to provide a proactive social voice to disadvantaged BAME communities."

"Lately,...Read more