Our mission is to end racial inequality. We believe that the contribution of all communities makes a nation, builds dynamic local communities, generates wealth and improves well-being.
We champion fairness, challenge discrimination and pioneer innovative solutions to empower Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage people through education, employment and enterprise. Our activities involve working with Government, business, public services, Black-led organisations and the media.
As a national organisation ARE want to maximise our work with central government departments by connecting more directly with local Black and Minority Ethnic organisations and mainstream activities aimed at closing racial inequalities.
We strongly believes that race inequalities will persist and in some areas such as unemployment, take generations to close unless we start to inspire local BME individuals and organisations to get actively involved in local decision making processes.
Many public bodies have a ‘duty to involve’ and there will also be an Equality Act in the near future. This is likely to present new challenges for public bodies and Black and ethnic minority communities and organisations.
Black and ethnic minority-led civil society organisations need to understand how to use the levers they have, such as comprehensive area assessments, duty to involve, petitions, legislation and Equality and Human Rights legislation, etc. to improve opportunities and outcomes in their communities.
There will also be the need to appreciate other equality strands and the importance of making useful alliances with agencies leading on these strands. If this does not happen, there is a real danger that race equality issues will not feature as they should.
We want to see all ethnic groups achieving similar success in the education system and the labour market.
Together we can make a difference by challenging poor and unfair policy and practice wherever we find it.