Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community representatives from across Greater Manchester are being invited to join a new Race Equality Panel in the city-region.
The panel will address issues of racism, discrimination and prejudice in Greater Manchester, and was created following a pledge from Mayor Andy Burnham, made at the July 2019 Shared Future cohesion summit.
The recruitment process for panel members will run until the 18th October, following a series of listening events with BAME communities to determine the Race Equality Panel’s remit and scope. Panel members will be recruited for their ability to speak up for their communities, to reflect their views and to have an ongoing dialogue with them. It is not necessary to hold a formal position of authority or leadership, and GMCA asks anyone inspired by movements such as Black Lives Mater to come forward.
The panel will advice public sector bodies in Greater Manchester to tackle systemic inequalities in the region, racism and discrimination, as well as increase visibility for issues of race. Key issues the panel is expected to tackle include:
- hate crime
- employment and labour market inequalities
- health and wellbeing inequality, including mental health
- housing and homelessness
- educational inequalities and achievement
- financial inclusion and poverty
- addressing the unequal impacts of Covid-19
- policing and criminal justice
- encouraging Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic leadership and public representation