WMCA taskforce publishes regional plan to tackle racial inequalities - The Solihull Observer

WMCA taskforce publishes regional plan to tackle racial inequalities

Solihull Editorial 12th Mar, 2023   0

A PLAN to level up opportunities for residents regardless of their race, ethnicity, and heritage will be presented to the West Midlands Combined Authority Board.

The five-year strategy is the first major piece of work by the West Midlands Race Equalities Taskforce since it was launched by Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, and the WMCA Board, to look at the specific issues facing under-represented communities to ensure that everyone benefits from the success of the region.

The strategy will focus on helping people in racialised communities to access and benefit from better jobs, transport and housing, and tackle disparities in education, health, and criminal justice.

The taskforce is made up of 30 senior leaders from different sectors, places, and communities.

It is led by independent chair Yetunde Dania, a practicing lawyer, partner, and Head of the Birmingham Office at international law firm Trowers & Hamlins LLP, and vocal advocate for diversity and inclusion.

Yetunde Dania said: “Race, ethnicity and heritage should not prevent people from fulfilling their potential. However, this is the stark reality for many and that is why the taskforce exists. Our ambition is to make the West Midlands a national leader in addressing race inequality and we know that we cannot do this alone.

“This strategy is our call to action for every leader, business, public body, voluntary organisation and community. We want to hear about how you are already making positive changes and working together to find new ways to address persistent issues to eradicate racial inequalities.

“And, although tackling systemic racism will be a regional effort, everyone, whether they are in a position of power or not, has a responsibility to take action to drive lasting change for the better.”

Simon Foster, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I am committed to continuing to work with the taskforce on the changes we want to make; the action we want to see; and the partnerships we need to build, to ensure that race, ethnicity and heritage should never be obstacles to having a fair start in life or the opportunity to reach your full potential and flourish.”

Visit www.wmca.org.uk/what-we-do/inclusive-communities/race-equalities-taskforce/ for more information.

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