MPs and Lords to shine spotlight on unemployed ethnic minority women
02 July 2012
On 28 June 2012, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Race and Community opened its inquiry into ethnic minority female unemployment.
The inquiry, led by group chair David Lammy MP and a sub-committee of parliamentarians, will attempt to determine why 20.5% of Pakistani/Bangladeshi women and 17.7% of Black women are unemployed compared to only 6.8% of 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.
Please click here to find out how you can submit evidence to the inquiry.
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.