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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

New Board positions for ROTA

Press Release: 23 June 2010

ROTA is pleased to announce new positions to the Board of Trustees today.

Ali Ahmed is Chair; Gifford Sutherland Vice-Chair; and new Trustee Patricia Lamour is Treasurer.

Ali currently works for the London borough of Tower Hamlets as Third Sector Strategy Officer. He was seconded to Tower Hamlets Council as CVS Development Officer, to provide support to a newly appointed interim Board setting up Tower Hamlets Council for Voluntary Service. He has worked in the voluntary sector for over 15 years. Ali Joined the ROTA...Read more

ROTA appoints new Interim Chief Executive

Press Release: 25 May 2010

Dr Elizabeth Henry joined ROTA as Interim Chief Executive in May 2010. She is also a self-employed consultant who develops and delivers a range of equality and diversity programmes in the areas of

compliance: policy to practice training: needs assessment and analysis individual coaching/mentoring and support service delivery audits and assessment research and development community engagement and capacity building

Elizabeth said: "I'm delighted to be joining ROTA at this time. There are certainly challenges ahead for BAME...Read more

Equality Act 2010: ROTA looks forward to a new era of equality

Press Release: 12 April 2010

Race on the Agenda and the Winning the Race Coalition welcome the Equality Act 2010 which has now received Royal Assent.

Dr Theo Gavrielides, Chief Executive of ROTA said: "Over the last year and a half, we have worked with the members of the Winning the Race Coalition to ensure that our communities are represented and their views are included in the democratic process of passing laws in our country. Despite several amendments, I continue to believe that we are entering a new era of equality. Like any tool, the question now is...Read more