Race Alliance Wales (RAW) is an initiative which aims to act as a collaborative and self-directed platform for individuals and organisations interested in achieving race equality in Wales.
Our vision, through collaborative work, is to contribute to a more equal, cohesive and globally responsible Wales. Making Wales a welcoming place of safety where rights are enjoyed and BAME people can thrive.
It is important to remember and be grateful to those that came before us. Some of us have been carrying this fight for decades. Let’s make a difference so we’re not here again in another 30 years’ time.Faith Walker, Race Alliance Wales Steering Group
Race Alliance Wales held its inaugural meeting in Butetown Community Centre on 7th December 2018, where attendees agreed the working name of the group, the need for the group and its broad objectives.
The group aims to provide a self-directed space where BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) organisations and individuals can come together to discuss experiences as ethnic minorities in Wales, share information and develop new ideas and solutions to the growing challenge of racism in Wales.
The group also aims to act as a supportive space for BME individuals who may face a range of personal and professional challenges. The group commits to always act in the best interest of ethnic minority people and communities in Wales, to ensure that our resources are used to best effect and to speak with a coherent and strong voice on policies and practices affecting minority ethnic people in Wales.
The establishment of Race Alliance Wales (RAW) is the first of its kind operating in Wales.
Race Alliance Wales held its official launch event on 19th December 2019 at the Senedd in Cardiff. The event was sponsored by Deputy Minister and Chief Whip Jane Hutt AM and included speeches and presentations by: Faith Walker, Abyd Quinn Azim, Rocio Cifuentes, EYST Wales, Hilary Brown, Virgo Consultancy Ltd, Brian Amos, Gwent Police, Sahar Al-Faifi, MEND, Nirushan Sudarsan, Victim Support, Sheila Hendrickson-Brown, C3SC, Shahab Miah, EYST, Marco Gil-Cervantes, Promo Cymru and Abdul-Azim Ahmed, Muslim Council of Wales.
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust generously awarded funding to the alliance after its formal launch. This funding allowed the alliance to employ a development worker, hosted by EYST Wales, to develop RAW over two years and untap the huge potential of the alliance.
Jami Abramson and Leila Usmani were appointed to the role in a job share capacity starting February 2020. They are currently working towards building a research base and engaging with policy in four key areas: Racism, Racism in Education, Racism in Employment and Representation.