Black History Month 2023 - 'Saluting Our Sisters'
What is Black History Month?
Black History Month is an internationally recognised celebration of black history, heritage, and culture. A month to celebrate the achievements and contributions African and Caribbean heritage peoples have made to the UK’s history and culture.
This year’s theme for Black History Month is ‘Saluting Our Sisters. The theme of ‘Saluting our Sisters’ emphasises the vital role black women have played in shaping history, inspiring change, and building communities, a role that has often been marginalised or forgotten.
The disparity in UK maternal healthcare
A report published by MBRRACE- UK (Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK) found that Black women in the UK are four times more likely to die in pregnancy and childbirth than white women. Asian women are twice as likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth.
According to the Office for National Statistics, the death rate of black babies before or during delivery sits at 6.9 stillbirths for every 1,000 births registered in 2021, compared with 3.6 for every 1,000 white babies.
The Birthrights inquiry, a year-long investigation into racial injustice in the UK maternity services, which heard testimony from women, birthing people, healthcare professionals and lawyers and concluded that “systemic racism exists in the UK and in public services”.
The report found that the root of many inequities in maternity outcomes and experiences of black and ethnic minority women stem from a lack of physical and psychological safety, being ignored and disbelieved, racism by caregivers, dehumanisation, structural barriers and workforce representation and culture.
“We have much to do to ensure equity for all.” – Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent (England’s chief midwifery officer and Professor of Midwifery at King’s College London and London South Bank University)
Source: The Guardian
Spotlighting Black Sheroes
This year is all about highlighting Black women who have broken barriers, used their voices to speak out against injustice and shattered stereotypes in their respective fields.
Across Black History Month we will be shining a light on several Black Sheroes from politics to sport, literature to business and entrepreneurship. Keep an eye out on our social media pages for posts spotlighting and sharing the achievements of Black British Women. This Black History Month Stop Hate UK is “Saluting Our Sisters”.
You can help us invest more into the services we provide to people affected by racism and Hate Crimes with a Movie Night fundraiser! Screen inspiring, historical and celebratory films this Black History Month in support of Black History and Black Excellence.
Whether it’s at your workplace, school, university, community centre, or in your backyard – you can set up this Movie Night fundraiser easily all with the help of ready-made resources prepared by the talented fundraising team at Stop Hate UK!
We have for you:
- a Step-by-Step Guide on how to set up this fundraiser
- Promotional poster to promote your fundraiser
- Templates for a communication email that you can send out
- Templates for tickets to hand out
- Even templates for popcorn boxes for you to use!
- Social media posts to promote your fundraiser online
Don’t worry if you are not sure about what films to screen, we have that covered for you too. We have a whole library of films from all genres – biopics, documentaries, drama, romance, musicals and more!
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Ways you can participate this Black History Month
Black history encompasses a plethora of trials and tribulations from the Transatlantic Slave Trade, European colonialism, the black struggle for freedom, global activism against apartheid, the Jim Crow laws in the States, and institutional racism.
The onus to educate ourselves on this shared history of our modern society falls on each one of us, and not on black people. To self-educate and understand this history is our personal work to do.
When someone experiences racial abuse, the silence of a bystander is louder and more painful than the racist person’s actions or words.
Be an upstander – do not stand for hate but stand up against it. An upstander is a person who speaks or acts in support of an individual or cause, particularly someone who intervenes on behalf of a person being attacked or bullied.
We provide ‘Being an Upstander’ training course for students in secondary schools to show safe ways to challenge racism and hate when they witness it.
Reporting hate crime also makes you an upstander. Many people may not feel safe stepping in when a racist incident is taking place, and we also do not recommend it as incidents in schools are different from incidents in public which can turn dangerous, but you can take action by reporting it.
Reporting incidents of racism even as a witness is crucial to tackling hate crimes. So, if you witness racism, report it to the police. If the hate crime is in progress or someone is in immediate danger, call 999. If it is not an emergency, then call 101 or your local police.
Or report it to Stop Hate UK – we encourage everyone to report incidents whether they experience or witness them.
In all areas of society where there are disparities – an inclusive, anti-racist and diverse workplace from top to bottom is essential.
Understanding and challenging microaggressions, unconscious bias and racism in workplaces and educational settings is key. This will tackle racism at the institutional level.
Stop Hate UK provides Training and Education courses for educational settings, workplaces, community groups and local authorities are here for anyone looking to embed anti-racism and real inclusivity in their environment and culture.
We have courses like Race, Racism and Responses for all educational settings, and Understanding Systemic and Structural Discrimination for all workplaces.
We also provide expertise and support with diversity, inclusion and equality policy reviews if required.