Taking Stock: Race Equality in Scotland is a timely new contribution to the conversation on race equality in Scotland from the UK race equality think tank, Runnymede. Edited by some of Scotland's foremost academic writers on race and racism, the publication features contributions from across academia, the third sector and the political world. CRER's Carol Young contributed a chapter titled Scottish Public Sector Equality Duties: Making Good Practice Count. It outlines challen
In the 20 years since CRER was founded (under our original name, Glasgow Anti-Racist Alliance), we have never seen anything approaching the level of interest in racism and racial inequality triggered by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. It is genuinely unprecedented. Indeed, you might be coming across our work for the first time right now – in which case, welcome! The upsurge of Black voices and the strength of solidarity from allies (including most of Scotland’s prom
As part of 2019’s Trustees’ Week (4-8 November), the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) and Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector (GCVS) are asking Glasgow’s voluntary organisations to sign up to an Equality Action Pledge committing to improve representation in the voluntary / third sector.
The general underrepresentation of many people with protected characteristics (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) in employment, participation, and volunteering is wel
Today, 12th March 2019, the Coalition of Racial Equality and Rights launches an anti-racist poster campaign aimed at encouraging the public to intervene in racist incidents. The poster shows a white person shouting racist abuse at a Black person. A third person ponders what they heard and what they should do about it. In Scotland, we hear racism daily on the buses, in taxis, at libraries, doctors’ surgeries, sports clubs, museums and pubs. What do we do about it? Earlier this
With the upsurge in media coverage of racism linked to ‘Brexit’, people have increasingly been asking CRER about getting involved in tackling racism and hate crime. This was a pleasant surprise for us. We deal with these issues on a day to day basis and have done for almost twenty years, so it’s refreshing to see so many people willing to stand up against racism (although it’s worth mentioning that concerns raised by Black activists about the tone of the current debate do res
Following the lead of Harvard students, a group of Oxford University Black and Minority Ethnic students launched “I, too, am Oxford”
The group explained that their project was “inspired by the recent ‘I, too, am Harvard’ initiative. The Harvard project resonated with a sense of communal disaffection that students of colour at Oxford have with the University. The sharing of the Buzzfeed article ‘I, too, am Harvard’ on the online Oxford based race forum, ‘Skin Deep’ led to st
Above is Samina's photo from the the "I Speak for Myself"campaign, a travelling exhibition displaying hundreds of the messages captured during Amina's roadshow and which aims to tackle misconceptions and common stereotypes about Muslim women, thus reducing inequality and sexual discrimination not only within the Muslim community but also in the wider society. “This was about Muslim women sharing their messages with fellow Scots." “The messages talk about all the things that w
Sangeeta Kaur The women of my faith have been given the status of royalty. ‘Kaur’, meaning ‘princess’, is the second name adopted by every female Sikh. They are encouraged to use it proudly, whilst men are taught to treat them as the name dictates. The women of my life are real princesses. They are the embodiment of virtue, integrity and true beauty. They have strength beyond measure and love beyond limits. They have endured more than I can say, yet their resolve remains firm
Anu Roy Feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie “We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller We say to girls: ‘You can have ambition, but not too much You should aim to be successful, but not too successful Otherwise, you will threaten the man’ Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage I am expected to make my life choices Always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important Now, marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support Bu
Judy Wasige My residence in Scotland the last 10 years has made me realise that irrespective of country, community problems are the same, only described by context relevant terms and analogies. Being Kenyan, I in my wildest dreams could never have imagined that poverty would make up part of Europe’s fabric. Through experience, mainly influenced by my daughter’s involvement with a food bank in Glasgow, this view has been altered. In responding to food shortages for families du
Rehana Faqir The quotes that inspire me: “I have been working for so many years and women still don’t get equal pay”
“Women's chains have been forged by men, not by anatomy.” ~ Estelle R Ramsey.
“Women are not inherently passive or peaceful, we're not inherently anything but human.” ~ Robin Morgan.
“If all men are born free, how is it that all women are born slaves?” ~ Mary Astell
“Nobody objects to a women being a good writer or a sculptor or geneticist if at the sam
Vuyelva Mpongoshe I think it is time to end violence against women. It's time to end hunger and poverty, we need to empower all women. Women should get access to education, training, science and technology. We should have equal rights and the same opportunities as men. Men and women should unite to end violence against women and girls, women should have the right to make decisions at work or in a relationship. Women should be able to plan for the future. I remember the time m