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Black women unemployment crisis

STATISTICS: One in five women from black and ethnic minority communities are unemployed in the UK

A CROSS party group of MPs and Lords are to focus on high levels of ethnic minority female unemployment as part of a new inquiry announced today (June 28).

The inquiry, being held by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Race and Community and led by group chair David Lammy, will attempt to determine why one in five black, Pakistani and Bangladeshi women are unemployed compared to only one in 14 white women.

It will also seek to find ways to reduce these inequalities.

The inquiry follows widespread media coverage of ethnic minority male unemployment – particularly of young black men – and seeks to focus a similar amount of attention onto ethnic minority women, who are often left out of this debate.

The group is calling for businesses, charities, social enterprises, individuals and other interested parties to submit written evidence to the inquiry, and will also hold two evidence sessions in parliament.

In addition, the inquiry will collect video testimonies from women across the country in order to reflect varied experiences across England.

These will form the basis for a short film, which will be released alongside the final report in the autumn.

The Runnymede Trust, the UK’s leading race equality think tank, will be co-coordinating the inquiry on behalf of the All Party Parliamentary Group as part of its role as secretariat for the group.

A sub-committee of MPs and peers will lead the inquiry, and will also receive input from other parliamentarians who are members of the All Party Parliamentary Group.

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