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BAME employment in the West Midlands

On 21 st April 2017 ROTA was back in Birmingham for a seminar on BAME employment in the West Midlands. With Black people three times more likely to be unemployed in Birmingham than White British people, the seminar focused on the barriers and solutions to unequal employment outcomes. Co-hosted with local equality think tank BRAP , the audience put the panelists through their paces.

Guest speakers :

Professor Monder Ram OBE, Director of Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship, University of...Read more

Hate Crime – Report it, record it, prevent it!

Man harassing Muslim woman

By Hanna Stephens

As Article 50 is due to be triggered on March 29, there is concern that this will lead to another spike in hate crime, as recorded following the EU Referendum vote. This also coincides with the attack on Westminster this Wednesday, with the attacker claimed by Isis as a ‘soldier of Islamic state’ [1] . This will no doubt fuel further Islamophobia . In light of this, it is important to raise awareness about hate crime; what they are, the many different institutions available to offer help and support, and ways we can...Read more

Employment Rights Post Brexit

On 28th March 2017 ROTA held its second seminar on employment rights. This was particularly poignant as Article 50 to exit the EU was triggered the next day. This government has done little, if anything at all to instil confidence that it will protect the rights of workers i.e. labour as opposed to protecting the interests of employers, in particular the rights of BAMER and migrant workers who are often the most vulnerable. In this context the seminar focused on raising awareness amongst voluntary and community sector organisations working with BAMER and migrant communities about existing...Read more

Jeremy Corbyn MP on Labour’s vision for Race Equality

Jeremy Corbyn

Watch Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn deliver his race equality and multiculturalism speech. He was speaking on 18th March 2017 in Birmingham Council House, at an event jointly hosted with the Runnymede Trust.

Read the full speech HERE .

This was the second in a leaders series, following Lib Dem leader Tim Farron. We aim to provide a platform for other party leaders to talk about their vision for race equality in due course.Read more

Evaluation survey of the Equality Law Project

Judge banging on gavel

As part of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s initiative to identify effective approaches to tackling prejudice and unlawful behaviour, ROTA has requested an independent evaluation of the Equality Law Project. This evaluation which is conducted in partnership by the Runnymede Trust and Greenwich University, will enable us to demonstrate and evidence the value of the training and support we provide in using the Equality Act 2010.Read more

ROTA (January 2017) Where are the BAME Trustees?

WHERE ARE THE BAME TRUSTEES? cover

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

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