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BAME issues to be explored by fellowships winners

WINNER: Patrick Vernon (Photo credit: Afiya Trust, Photographed at Toynbee Hall E1)

TODAY (MARCH 9), seven prestigious Churchill Fellowships will be announced for UK citizens to explore issues affecting the BAME community.

These are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for UK citizens, are to discover new ideas and best practice overseas. The issues they will cover range across violence against women, university access, mental health and more.

The award winners and their projects are:

Role models for Asian women: Misba Khan, an accounts officer from Manchester, will be part of an all-female expedition to the North Pole, with the final 100 km travelled by ski.

Misba said: “An international team of women from across Europe and the Middle East will set out to ski the last degree to the North Pole in April 2018 to foster greater dialogue and understanding between women from Western and Arabian cultures.

"The expedition aims to inspire all women to reach beyond the expectation of others and fulfil their own life ambitions. I am a mum and a keen walker with the ramblers group for almost 10 years, a very proud northern British woman and Muslim. I hope to shine a positive light on ethnic minorities like myself contributing to society and inspiring young and old that opportunities are there - you have to have the determination, and you can achieve whatever you want to.”

Strengthening the Black student pipeline to universities: Olivia Hylton-Pennant, a BAME student at Cambridge University and access officer at Cambridge University Students' Union, who will be travelling to the USA.

Olivia said: “Studies have shown that black students are over 50% more likely to drop out of university than their white and Asian counterparts. In order to combat this, universities must develop robust frameworks to 'student success' after admission, and I hope my Fellowship will offer clear ways in which such frameworks can be created. More must be done to tackle institutionalised inequality that so often disrupts the educational pipeline for black students.”

Young women’s activism to tackle violence against women: Jaccaidi Hypolite-Dyer, from Leytonstone, who will be travelling to Barbados, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago.

Jaccaidi commented: “1 in 5 women in the UK have experienced sexual assault. Among these numbers, young women aged 15-19 are most likely to experience rape. 1.2 million women endure domestic violence. The stigma and shaming that is used to silence women across nations is being boldly challenged by Caribbean women. It intrigues me to see how this activism took the leap from online movements to marches on the streets and grassroots community organising.”

Mental health support through arts and cultural interventions in African and Caribbean communities: Patrick Vernon OBE, a charity director from Hackney, who will be travelling to Barbados, Jamaica and the USA. He is Editor of Black History Month magazine, Director of Black Thrive, founder of Every Generation Media and 100 Great Black Britons, a campaigner for campaigner for Windrush Day to become a national holiday, and was made Pioneer of the Nation for Cultural History by the Queen in 2003.

Vernon said: “Over the last 60 years research evidence, government reports and lived experience of African and Caribbean highlight that they are still on the extreme margins of mainstream society despite individual achievements and success. The familiar story of over representation in school exclusions, mental health institutions, criminal justice system, children in care, gun violence fatalities, living in the most deprived neighbourhoods, poor access to health care and widening health inequalities.

"It is not surprising that all these factors have an impact on self-esteem and identity. My Fellowship will inform a new narrative how arts and heritage can be a role in improving self-esteem from anxiety to severe mental ill health by harnessing innovative approaches and establishing an evidence base to improve better health outcomes, especially in Lambeth as part of my work with Black Thrive.”

Culturally relevant ways of teaching computing in African-Caribbean communities: Ikem Nzeribe, an entrepreneur from Manchester, who will be travelling to Nigeria.

Inspiring South Asians into STEM careers: Usman Shah, a social entrepreneur from Forest Gate, who will be travelling to India, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates and the USA.

Mental health support for the BAME community: Sabrina Kamayah, from London, and a policy officer at the Care Quality Commission, who will be travelling to Australia, New Zealand and the USA. This Fellowship is supported by the Mental Health Foundation Mental Health Foundation.

“Churchill Fellows search the world for ways to improve their communities and professions,” said Julia Weston, Chief Executive of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT). “This life-changing opportunity is open to everyone, with our next round of grants opening on April 27.”

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