We’ve pledged our full support to a new anti-racism movement being launched today by the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership and the West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit.
The movement has been created to proactively challenge racism across all aspects of society and is part of an ongoing commitment to tackling structural and institutionalised racism, as well as addressing health and social inequalities across West Yorkshire and Harrogate.
The movement, a recommendation from the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership review into the impact of COVID-19 on health inequalities, will see colleagues from across the 400 supporting organisations put their face to the movement’s visuals in high profile places, including Millennium Square in Leeds, sports clubs and hospital grounds.
Imagery from the campaign will also be displayed on buses, as well as across social media with the hashtag #WYHRootOutRacism.
The movement will encourage people to better inform themselves on anti-racist behaviours and practices, whilst linking to training and people’s life stories.
Created using insight from people’s own experiences of racism, the movement will encourage everyone to reflect on what it must feel like to walk in the shoes of people from ethnic minority groups who continue to be impacted by racism and to importantly do something about it by standing together.
Nina Evison, Director of People and Culture at Yorkshire Housing, said:
“Yorkshire Housing is committed to working with our colleagues, our peers and partners to root out racism. We all have a responsibility to recognise and call out racist behaviour in every aspect of our lives and work and by working together we can better understand how we can collectively confront it.
“Yorkshire is a county built on diversity and this should be celebrated, it’s what makes Yorkshire great. We’re pleased to be able to support the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership and the West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit in making a real difference in our communities”