Invitation to the BAME Inequalities Commission Report
Save the date (Thursday 18 March) for a virtual launch of the Tower Hamlets Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Inequalities Commission report.
The event will be available to watch live between 4pm-5.30pm via the council’s webcast portal. You can set a reminder ahead of the meeting, and it will also be available to view afterwards.
The Commission started its work following the killing of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests, including in Tower Hamlets last summer. Last year’s protests brought to a greater light the issue of racism and ongoing racial inequalities in society. This was further impacted with the disproportionately negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the lives of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people.
The Commission was officially launched last September with a special focus on education, employment, health inequalities and community leadership. Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs appointed Deputy Mayor, Councillor Asma Begum to lead the work as the Commission’s Chair, working alongside key partners and specialist expert Commissioners.
Over several months Commissioners have heard from expert witnesses, and members of various professions, young people and community groups. Through smaller private meetings and online consultation people have been encouraged to share their lived experiences and their ideas for making changes.
Commissioners will be joined at the launch by guests to present their findings and recommendations that will commit Tower Hamlets to make tackling racism a top priority. This will include the development of a detailed plan of future action across a number of areas.
Councillor Asma Begum, Commission Chair and Deputy Mayor said: “I’m so grateful to all those who shared their personal and professional experiences with the Commission. This engagement has been invaluable to our work and really has helped to shine a light on the fact that too many residents still don’t have a fair chance to reach their full potential.
“Where there may have been some examples of progress, the truth is that the pace of change is just far too slow. It’s a sad and shameful waste of talent and opportunity, and we need a united effort backed up by practical action to bring about a lasting change.”
Mayor Biggs said: “The East End has a long and proud history of welcoming people from all corners of the world. Tower Hamlets is a place where people from all ethnic backgrounds say that they get on well with their neighbours. This is welcome, but it can also mask the fact that ongoing inequalities mean that local people continue to face discrimination and racism today, leaving a negative impact on their lives and life chances.
“We now need to challenge ourselves and each other to put in place the right steps that really will act on those concerns to create tangible and positive change.”
Posted on Monday 15th March 2021