BLACK AND MINORITY ETHNIC COMMUNITIES
LAUNCH NEW PARTNERSHIP
A number of Black and Minority Ethnic community organisations have come together to form a new
partnership which aims to enable Black and Minority Ethnic
Communities to engage directly with policy makers and public service providers.
The ‘New Communities Partnership’ will be launched today by Minister for Rural, Community and
Gaeltacht Affairs Mr Eamon O’Cuiv TD at Buswells Hote
have formed this partnership to work together on issues such as racism; the right to work; access to training and education; and access to health services.
“This is the first Black and Ethnic Minority led forum for our communities, it is
important that we speak for ourselves about ourselves and the concerns of our communities’
according to Blaise Tangamu” of the Congolese Irish Partnership.
NCP members recognise that community organisation and development is a process
that can take some time; they are also aware that many in their communities have
become frustrated or mistrustful of community organising due to the slow pace of
change or past experience of failure. For many community members trust and confidence
in their communities will be built on receiving practical assistance with day to day
difficulties. The NCP is also aware that service planners and providers in Ireland are on a steep learning curve in meeting the needs of ethnic minority communities and the NCP wishes to engage positively in assisting this learning.
“We have experienced racism, prejudice and many frustrations trying to get health
and other services. It is difficult for us to raise funding so that we can organise our communities. In this partnership we will work together to try to solve some of our problems” stated Iryna Pokhilo of Slavianka (Russian Speaking Women’s Group)
Welcoming the launch of the partnership by Minister Eamon O’Cuiv TD, Paddy Connolly of Cairde stated that “it is important that the Government acknowledge and support the enormous amount of community activity that Black and Ethnic Minority Community members engage in. The National Plan against Racism and other key Government Strategies cannot be implemented unless new communities are resourced to participate fully”
Launch 1-3pm, Buswells, Molesworth St. Minister Present 2-3pm
Come and meet ethnic minority community leaders between 1pm and 3pm tomorrow Weds 13th.
- Afghan Community of Ireland.
- Akidwa (African Women’s Network.
- Algerian Community of Ireland.
- Arabic Speaking Women’s Group.
- Congolese Ireland Partnership.
- Kurdish Irish Society.
- Kurdish Women’s Group.
- Romanian Community of Ireland
- Slavianka (Russian Speaking Women’s Group).
- West African Network.