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Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) Review

Addressing institutional discrimination and inequalities associated with race and other protected characteristics takes commitment, evidence, leadership, legislative tools, a long term vision, support and time. There is always scope for improvements in the Public Sector Equality Duty’s (PSED) requirements and its practical application. The most important factor in ensuring the most effective implementation of the PSED is leadership from senior management and political leaders. We are concerned that, despite clear support from some Ministers for action to advance equality of opportunity,...Read more

Position Statement on Race Equality (October 2010)

CORE (Coalition of Race Equality Organisations) brings together many of the UK's leading black and minority ethnic voluntary and community organisations for the promotion of race equality.

In October 2010, CORE received a request from the Department for Communities and Local Government to produce a position statement to:

inform the Government's development of a race equality strategy affirm a collective commitment to work with the Government to reduce racial inequalities.

The paper represents a starting point for discussions between the coalition and the Minister,...Read more

Racial Justice Matters: Coalition of Race Equality Organisations seek feedback on race equality agenda for incoming government

A coalition of the UK's leading black and minority ethnic voluntary and community organisations have produced a call to action for the promotion of race equality in post-election Britain. Designed to tackle continued discrimination and disadvantage in the UK, the call to action highlights 8 key asks which they hope the incoming Government will implement post-election. A spokesperson from the Coalition for Race Equality (CORE) stated:

"This election is a chance for political parties and their candidates to state how they will achieve race...Read more

Researchers reveal that diversity is good for your health - Blog by ROTA CEO, Andy Gregg

Read the latest blog “Researchers reveal that diversity is good for your health“ by Andy Gregg, ROTA Chief Executive.

It has become a commonplace idea that the more ethnic diversity there is in a society the more conflict and ill-feeling there is. Difference and diversity are seen as negative and dangerous rather than as positive and engaging. Actually this assumption is highly questionable, but of course the ............ continue >>> Read more

Mad World - Guest blog by Hanna Stephens, ROTA Volunteer

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Read our latest blog: Mad World by Hanna Stephens, ROTA Volunteer

A quick Google search defines mental illness broadly as, ‘a condition which causes serious disorder in a person’s behaviour or thinking.’ When we live in a context where a “serious disorder” is often attached to acting and speaking out about racism rather than being racist, we must be critical about our own understandings of mental health and how they have been constructed by those with power.

In 1851, American physician Samuel Cartwright diagnosed black slaves who ...........Read more

The Importance of an Intersectional Approach in Social Research - Guest blog by Hanna Stephens, ROTA Volunteer

Read our blog: The Importance of an Intersectional Approach in Social Research by Hanna Stephens, ROTA Volunteer

“There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” – Audre Lorde

In researching BAMER issues in the UK, it is important not to homogenise racial struggle and instead understand the diversity of identities that are present in different racial groups. For this, it is important that we view things from an intersectional perspective.

Intersectionality arose from black feminist scholarship, the term coined by. .........Read more

Tackling exploitation in the workplace

On 15th November 2016 ROTA held the first of its series of workshops on the role of exploitation and discrimination within the workplace.

The event was attended by 22 participants with presentations from Rosa Crawford of the TUC and Michael Reed of Free Representation Unit.

Guest Speakers included:

Michael Reed – Principal Legal Officer, Employment (The Free Representation Unit) Rosa Crawford – Policy Officer (Trades Union Congress)

Speaker presentations available here: ...Read more