North East Race Equality Forum formed

North East Race Equality Forum formed

Press release

Members of prominent race equality organisations met in Durham on December 3 and agreed to form a Race Equality Forum for the North East Region. Organisations present included those working with migrants, refugees and those seeking asylum, women’s groups, Black and Minority Ethnic community organisations and groups working on specialist aspects of ‘race’ in the region. Sectors represented included the criminal justice system, the police, local government, voluntary and community sector organisations, economic development bodies and health bodies. The Forum is not intended to replace any of the individual groups and organisations working in the region on race equality issues but to provide support, research, information, workshops, conferences and seminars to promote the issue of race equality at a time when it appears government and many other organisations have turned their back on equality issues as a whole.

The Forum will be supported by researchers from all five Universities in the region and will commence work early in the New Year. Those present argued that ‘race’ is disappearing from political and policy agendas and that the issue of racism remains a serious one both at individual and institutional levels, both regionally and nationally. Since the death of Stephen Lawrence 17 years ago, for example, more than 100 Black and Minority ethnic people have been the victims of racially-linked murders.

The aim of the Forum will be to ensure that all organisations treat the issue of ‘race’ and racism seriously, comply with the requirements of the Equality legislation and ensure that minorities can contribute fully to the region’s life.

For further information, contact:

Professor Gary Craig

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Dr Ian Fitzgerald

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