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Preliminary findings from ROTA suggest that BAME people are among the least-represented group as Trustees of charities, in the UK. The Boards of many mainstream voluntary sector organisations have few or no BAME trustees. Although the charities in our survey were aware of the need to increase diversity amongst their trustees, there was little evidence that positive steps were being taken to address this issue.
Learn more about the reasons why this may be happening, and what ROTA hopes to do to improve the level of BAME representation in our report HERE.
Read our blog: Social integration report: more questions than answers by Kimberly McIntosh, ROTA Policy Officer.
"Last week, the APPG on Social Integration led by Chukka Umunna MP, released its interim report, centred on 6 principles. Some of the recommendations are welcome, but it left us with more....... continue >>>
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 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 ........continue>>>
There is no shortage of programmes depicting the black experience. The BBC has its Black and British season, surveying our past and present from a variety of angles. Eagerly awaited is Steve McQueen’s planned epic chronicling the lives of an intergenerational black British family. But it isn’t always so. Read the full article here.
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....... continue >>>
This toolkit was launched in May 2016 as part of our European funded Project, PRISM.
From various European surveys, studies and reports it emerges that in EU member states there are a growing number of physical and verbal attacks, often repeated and continuous, against minorities, which need to be evaluated and challenged robustly.
Download the Toolkit HERE.
Read the latest blog “Post Referendum Racism“ by Andy Gregg, ROTA Chief Executive.
Pandora’s Box has been opened by the Brexit referendum and it is difficult to see how the evils that it has allowed to escape can be put back in the box. Already there are reports of increasing race hate crimes – many directed at Polish and other European migrants but also directed at Muslims and other migrant and minority groups.
Although many who voted for Britain to leave the European Union were not in ...... continue >>>