A safe space to share, empower and engage with women of African, Asian, Arab and Caribbean descent living in the UK.
On the 4th of March 2012, some of the women from the NUS Black Students’ Committee decided to host the Black Women’s Conference 2012 at the University London Union which included workshops and plenaries. As well as the black women activists and artists who participated in the panel discussions, Black men and women from diverse age groups and regions in the UK were invited. The day was such a success that we were inspired to create a website with the intention of continuing the discussions, debates and most importantly strengthening the unity amongst Black women.
These spaces allow a different form of empowerment, particularly for women because not only do we face issues with sexism, patriarchy, misogyny, but questions of race are just as paramount in the complex discourse. Borrowing from Audre Lourde, ‘at times, the myth of sameness can actually be the thing which destroys us.’ For this reason, we recognise the need and importance of Black self-organisation.
Who runs the Black Women’s Forum UK?
Black Women’s Forum UK is managed by volunteers who have experience of working with the National Union of Students (NUS) – from graduates from across the UK and volunteers in our recently established regional networks. There are no salaried employees.