BLACK LIVES MATTER
Four years ago the Black Lives Matters Global Organisation began to organise itself into a chapter based movement fighting for the freedom, liberation and justice of Black people in America.
The events of the past few weeks, with the senseless murder of George Floyd, and the ravaging impact of the COVID19 Coronavirus Pandemic where people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities have been dying at four times the rate of their white counterparts within the UK, it is timely and sobering anchor point for Bristol Women’s Voice to fundamentally state that BLACK LIVES MATTER.
As a Black woman of Jamaican heritage born in Britain and raised in Britain, and as the Director of this organisation I will use my platform to say that structural, systemic racial inequality is not new. It is now, with the power of video-smartphone technology, and the undeniable death rate of COVID19 that the decades of consistent, unrelenting compressions of racial inequality for BAME communities are coming to light in ways that we, all of us, can not turn away from. When you plant seeds, the harvest of that seed will grow. The seeds have been structural and systemic inequity, the harvest is disparity for people from BAME communities across every area of life:
Research outcomes from the Runnymede Trust and University of Manchester Centre of Ethnicity (CoDE), the Race Equality Foundation and IMKAAN (organisation outline how structural racial inequality continues to exist in the UK
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Feminist Studies Call for Commentaries
The COVID-19 pandemic
Due date July 15, 2020
Feminist ideas can help guide us as we move through this crisis. Our journal can be a potential home for your new work that contends with the current moment and outlines the paths ahead. Our anticipated special issue on Feminism and Capitalism (2021, vol 47:1) would be an especially good venue for scholarly or activist commentaries on feminist responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. We welcome 1500-3000-word pieces from locations around the globe that take up the implications of this pandemic for feminism analyses of capitalism. Our original call for papers on feminism and capitalism highlighted our interest in the crises of care and social reproduction, on non-material labor and work, risk and debt, bioeconomies, and on the Anthropocene and environmental destruction. Work along these angles would be an especially good fit.
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Women's Engineering Society Message:
This is reminder that nominations are open for this year’s WE50! Please make a nomination to enable us to celebrate the amazing work of women engineers. The Top 50 Women in Engineering (#WE50) awards this year seek to recognise women who have made an impact on sustainability. This is not just linked to the climate emergency (although this is hugely important), the awards are also related to nominees' impact on UNESCO's Sustainable Development Goals. These 17 goals relate to health and wellbeing, education, gender equality, relieving poverty, responsible consumption and production, and more – click on the link for more information.
If you, or someone you know, is involved in sustainable strategies and solutions, then we're asking you to nominate them for the Top 50 Women in Sustainability (#WE50) as we celebrate the women who #ShapetheWorld. Self nominations are very welcome. The closing date is noon on Tuesday14 April. More information about the WE50 awards can can be found here.
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At the Wilson Museum.
'On Tuesday 10th of March we have the briefing of Sisterhood, an exhibition from artist Danielle Salloum. Salloum is passionate about raising awareness about modern controversial issues. Using artistic interpretation and portraiture Salloum highlights the stories she feels strongly about. Sisterhood, held in partnership with The Wilson and Cheltenham Borough Homes, highlights the stories of women from Trinidad and Tobago and the Cheltenham borough. Locations Salloum has strong links to.
The FREE exhibition will be open until 12 June 2020.
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An exciting opportunity has become available in Bristol. The Commission on Race Equality (CoRE) is seeking a new Chair. This is a voluntary position. This will require somebody who is passionate about race equality, Human Rights and changing the current landscape for communities who are not able to contribute to Bristol’s growth and success. The post holder along with Commissioners will develop a solutions focused strategy that will support the City with its ambition to be inclusive.
The recruitment window will close on Thursday 26th March 2020 at midnight. Interviews will take place on Wednesday 8th April, City Hall.
Job Spec and advert available on request.
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Are you a Carer?
Do you look after someone who needs your help?
Bristol City Council would like your views on the type of support you need to inform a new Carers
Complete the survey at:
by 19 January 2020 (date for comments has been extended) For a paper copy or alternative formats
* The accepted definition of a carer is anyone who provides unpaid care for a friend or family
member who due to illness, disability, a mental health issue or an addiction cannot cope without
The Carers Trust
Unfortunately, we have been unable to secure enough funding to continue the project in the current format, therefore, from October 2019 the initiative will only run through limited activities delivered by Bristol Women’s Voice.
Bristol Women’s Voice look forward to continuing to work towards Bristol becoming a Zero Tolerance City and making sure that everyone can feel safe and empowered in their work and life.
Bristol Zero Tolerance is a gender-based violence prevention project run by Bristol Women’s Voice. It is an overarching initiative working towards Bristol becoming a city free from gender-based violence, abuse, harassment and exploitation.
Since October 2015 the Bristol Zero Tolerance initiative has worked tirelessly to address gender-based violence, abuse, harassment and exploitation in Bristol from a prevention perspective.
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