*We will continue to update this piece as more news and organisations come to light
From participating in peaceful protests and marches and social media users speaking out against institutional racism and white privilege, to donations to Black Lives Matter-focussed organisations and sharing education resources about racism, many people are working together to actively address racial inequality.
Following the peak of the coronavirus pandemic in the UK, it has become apparent that the health crisis is one of many issues that disproportionately affects Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people.
According to new research collated by polling agency Survation, on behalf of the Fawcett Society, BAME women in the UK are enduring worse financial and psychological consequences from the coronavirus pandemic than white people.
The data suggests that BAME women (who are not unemployed due to disability or retirement) are three times more likely to report that they have recently lost support from the government than white women.
BAME women were also found to be more likely to think that they’ll be in debt post lockdown, will struggle to make ends meet in the next three months and are more worried about how to pay rent or their mortgage than their white counterparts.
Out of those concerned about going to work, 65.1 per cent of BAME women and 73.8 per cent of BAME men reported anxiety, compared to 60.9 per cent of white women and 52.9 per cent of white men.
In addition, BAME women were a third more likely to say that they were working more than before the health crisis and almost half said that they had lost support from others (irrespective of the government’s), compared to approximately a third of white women.
The analysis, which was based on a poll of 3,280 people, was carried out by the Women’s Budget Group, Fawcett Society, Queen Mary University of London and London School of Economics.
Speaking about the research, Mary-Ann Stephenson, director of the Women’s Budget Group, says: 'It is particularly concerning that BAME women are reporting limited access to support from the government. It is crucial that the government carries out and publishes meaningful equality impact assessments on the impact of both the virus itself and their policies in response to it.'
The news that BAME women are disproportionately affected by the virus comes after the Office for National Statistics found that BAME people are four times more likely to die from Covid-19. The analysis examined how coronavirus has affected different ethnic groups from March 2 to April 10, registered by 17 April.
In addition to supporting Black Lives Matter-focussed movements, here is a list of grassroots organisations working to hep support BAME women in the UK:
- Imkaan: A Black feminist organisation dedicated to addressing violence against Black and minoritised women and girls.
- Angelou Centre: A Newcastle-based service empowering women.
- Mama Health and Poverty Partnership: A Manchester-based service providing support to (black and minority ethnic) BME African women and girls.
- Safety4Sisters: A feminist and anti-racist organisation in Manchester working for the safety of migrant women and to put an end to patriarchal and state violence.
We joined @WASTCampaigning outside the Immigration Tribunal as a reminder that the hostile environment inc. #NRPF is state endorsed structural injustice against BME people. It is brutal + institutionally racist in its application - remember #joygardner #BlackLivesMattters pic.twitter.com/FXMQoKhgkO— Safety4Sisters (@Safety4Sisters) June 6, 2020
- Claudia Jones Org: A London-based group supporting African Caribbean women and their families.
- Southall Black Sisters: A London-based organisation supporting Black, Asian and Caribbean women escape domestic abuse and poverty.
- Asian Women’s Resource Centre: A Brent-based service supporting BME women and children.
- IKWRO: A women’s rights non-governmental organisation representing women and girls from Middle East and North Africa (MENA) communities.
The Asian Women's Resource Centre stands in solidarity with the Black Lives matter movement. Don't brush Racism under the carpet it need to be addressed NOW , we will not tolerate the loss of any more black lives.— Asian Women's Resource Centre (@AwrcOfficial) June 5, 2020
- Latin American Women’s Rights Service: An organisation defending the human rights of Latin American and migrant women in the UK.
- Sistah Space: A London-based organisation supporting African and Caribbean heritage women and girls affected by domestic violence.
- Pregnant Then Screwed: An organisation that advocates for working mothers’ rights sign their petition to protect BME pregnant women during the health crisis here).
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