This is taking place today.
The Government has set up a Taskforce, chaired by Baroness Uddin, the first Muslim woman in the House of Lords, to increase the number of women from black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) communities who are serving as councillors in local government. Local councillors play a vital role in their local communities and the Government wants to encourage and support more women from ethnic minority backgrounds to take part in public life.
Launched by Harriet Harman, Minister for Women and Equality, the BAME Taskforce comprises 14 members, both past and present councillors, representing cross parties and different ethnicities. It aims to take practical action to address the under-representation of BAME women via a number of routes. These include holding outreach events within local communities, providing mentoring and working with organisations such as the Local Government Association, Operation Black Vote and the Fawcett Society to create a better understanding of the role of a councillor.
Baroness Uddin is a prominent figure in the black and Asian community. Cllr (Dr) Anwara Ali, Tower Hamlets, is a local GP and stood for election in 2006 with only six weeks notice. She secured the highest Labour majority and is already mentoring young BAME women would-be councillors.
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