Women in Global Health UK stands in solidarity with those who experience racism and inequality in the UK, and condemns the findings of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities Report. It is especially concerning to hear that academics listed in the report deny taking part.
As we work to establish Women in Global Health UK, we recognise the persistent impact of racism. We commit to building a network that is actively anti-racist, both in how we function as an organisation and in how we seek to shape the global health landscape.
We all have a responsibility to challenge the societal structures that perpetuate racism and inequality. For those of us whose privilege means we do not directly experience discrimination on the basis of race, this responsibility is even more important; it is an injustice that the burden of labour falls disproportionately on people of colour to dismantle the systems that are prejudiced against them.
You can read the statement from our host organisation, the Faculty of Public Health here.
To learn more about the impact of racism in the UK and beyond, and what you can do, we recommend the following:
The WGHUK Team