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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."

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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."

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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

New report: fresh thinking needed to support women and girls involved in serious youth violence

Press Release: 24 February 2010

Specialist services and policies targeting women and girls involved in gangs are needed to help reduce and prevent youth violence, a new report by Race on the Agenda (ROTA) says today.

The Female Voice in Violence report draws on face-to-face research with 352 friends, relatives, victims or perpetrators of gangs and gang violence. Ranging in age from 13-52, the experiences of these women and girls highlight lessons for policy makers and those working to prevent serious youth violence.

The research highlighted...Read more

ROTA calls for Positive Action clauses to remain in new equality legislation

Press Release: 24 November 2009

On 19 November, Mark Harper MP, Conservative member for the Forest of Dean, outlined the Opposition's key objections to the Single Equality Bill, the aim of which is to harmonise and strengthen equality legislation in the UK.

Mr Harper said "his party feels the proposed clause on Positive Action 'may be used to employ less able workers" .Read more

ROTA no longer to host the HEAR Network

Press Release: 2 September 2009

From 1st October 2009, HEAR, London's pan-equality third sector network, will no longer be hosted by Race on the Agenda (ROTA).

Despite HEAR's increased reputation and impact, the network has been unable to secure long term funding. Dr. Theo Gavrielides, ROTA's Chief Executive said: "We are very sorry to no longer host HEAR. It was a very difficult decision for the Board. Last year, ROTA subsidised HEAR, but this year we were left with no other option, but to discontinue the network".Read more

The Disproportionate Impact of the Recession on Black and Minority Ethnic Communities

Press Release: 1 July 2009

On 30th June 09, Race on the Agenda and MiNet launched a report detailing the impact of the recession on Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities and their sector. The launch took place at an event where London Councils and Government Office for London attended as keynote speakers. The project was funded by CapacityBuilders, Office of the Third Sector, Big Lottery Fund and NAVCA.Read more


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