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Evaluation survey of the Equality Law Project

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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?


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

All London Voices

In May 2016, Londoners will elect a new Mayor for their city. The Coalition of Race Equality Organisations (CORE) wants to make sure the views of young people from London’s minority ethnic communities are heard. For that, we have launched a new initiative called All London Voices to involve young Londoners like you in the run up to the 2016 London Mayoral elections on May 5th.

We are keen to hear your views and will be:

Holding a husting with the Mayoral candidates Organising focus groups Carrying out an on-line survey for young BME...Read more

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