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Black Inclusion Week, the new UK initiative signed by Black Leaders

The first ever Black Inclusion Week will take place next in year in 2021, from the 10th to the 16th of May with the aim to tackle inequalities and racial prejudices and celebrate Black Inclusion.

The shocking murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May sparked protests all over the UK, and a national debate over Britain’s history as well. In response to these horrific events, Black Leaders launched a national movement to help drive black inclusion and challenge inequalities within the communities and working environment.

Their latest venture, Black Inclusion Week, looks to create tangible change and set a course for a better, more inclusive future during a time when the British society has never been more divisive, with the purpose to be a reminder of the importance of embedding a fair and just society for all.

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The Founder and CEO of this initiative, but also of Black Leaders, Inclusive Companies Limited, the National Diversity Awards and the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List, has over seventeen years’ worth of experience within the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion sector, as Paul has worked with some of the largest organisations in the world on their diversity and inclusion profiles.

Sesay, talking about the project, declared: “Right now, Black inclusion in the UK is the subject of many discussions in society, organisations, and around family dining tables in a way that it never has been. People across all walks of life are awakening to the inequities that have existed and persisted around them for so long and are asking many questions. These questions are often accompanied by confusion, discomfort and fear”.

Sesay continues: “In this awakening there is also solidarity, compassion, understanding, collaboration and hope. There have also been countless examples of collaboration and hope with many seeking to understand how they can make a difference and working as individuals and organisations to do this. While this garner hope for an equitable future, this solidarity must continue for years to come for us to achieve a truly just society”.

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Nonetheless, the ground-breaking initiative will implement a host of toolkits to enable as many people as possible to take part and continue on this inclusive and peaceful journey.

Aggie Mutuma, a strategic and commercial HR leader, executive coach and inclusion expert with 20+ years’ experience across global matrix, blue chip and international SME organisations, with a passion for supporting organisations to thrive through practical, engaging and inclusive people practices and now announced: “There is a desire to understand, learn and change in so many ways. We can facilitate this through Black Inclusion Week; thus encouraging learning, reflection and actions towards inclusion to be taken. To really unearth and address all the issues, we need prolonged focus and to deliver the changes that will make a difference”.

With the message that Black Leaders aims to spread through Black Inclusion Week to address the inequalities and systemic barriers faced by black people across all aspects of society, the goals of the project are:

1. Make us stronger as one community

To support understanding, care and support for each other as we rebuild our strength.

2. Empower all and facilitate action

Increase education and raise awareness through tools and resources to enable individuals and organisations to make tangible progress towards Black inclusion

3. Be a celebration of Black people in the UK

Amplify the voices of Black people across the UK. Celebrate the achievements and impact that we have had and continue to have in Britain.

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4. Create a commitment towards change

Encourage everyone to join us by pledging #OnePromise that will eradicate racism and foster Black inclusion

5. Connect us through collaboration

Partner and collaborate with individuals, organisations, communities and allies who are ready for and committed to change.

And you? Are you excited for the upcoming Black Inclusion Week?


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