Black women – defined as people from the African and Asian diasporas – face a double whammy of race and gender discrimination in the labour market, are often held back in the lowest grades on the lowest pay and disproportionately targeted when it comes to job cuts. Austerity measures are amplifying both racism and sexism in Britain, especially because the public sector is the biggest employer of black women. In one London borough, they made up five per cent of the workforce but 23 per cent of the redundancies

There are many incentives for black women to organise, yet they can often fall between the gaps between feminist groups and the labour movement. Feminist organisations and women’s groups have never felt very inclusive and can be dominated by white women who are not interested in black women’s concerns. That’s why groups such as BARAC and Southall Black Sisters are campaigning and organising on their own terms, sharing knowledge, support, tools and resources to overcome barriers to participation. [Read more] – Michael’s Blog