Isabelle Parasram on how she’s working with the English Party to improve diversity

Over on the party website, the Party’s Vice President BAME, Isabelle Parasram, writes about how she is working with the English Party to improve diversity and our party’s engagement with diverse communities.

For example, when I attend high profile events, wherever possible I also invite BAME members and supporters to attend with me.  One such event was the launch of the Commonwealth 8.7 Network at the Australian High Commission.

Through the Commonwealth 8.7 Network, over 60 civil society organisations will work together to push for greater action across the Commonwealth in eradicating modern slavery and achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Target 8.7.

At my invitation, Michael Bukola, one of our London Assembly candidates, and Dr Victoria Shownmi, an academic specialising in race relations who has been supportive of the work that I am doing, both attended with me.

Not only did they support me that evening, but they built connections and represented the Liberal Democrat brand in a way that I could not achieve on my own.

In terms of community outreach, I met the outgoing Cypriot High Commissioner at an event hosted by the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK.  Stemming from the discussions I had that evening, I will be arranging an event that will build further links between the Cypriot community and our Party.  Recognising the unique needs of our fellow EU citizens and seeking to meet those needs through political policy is part of my broader goal of ensuring that our Party adequately reflects the communities we serve.

She described a visit to Hackney after the murder of a teenager:

I also work with key figures within the Party to raise issues, seek their help in pursuing the cause of race equality and ensure that diversity remains at the top of the agenda for our Party.

Jo Swinson, Pauline Pearce and I went to Hackney following the tragic murder of 15-year-old Tashaun Aird and met with some of his schoolfriends who were on study leave preparing for their GCSEs.  We also visited the local community, observing for ourselves the knife amnesty bin – inaccessible due to building work – the community buildings – either run down or closed down – and the high-rise buildings, with few open spaces or facilities for young people.

She talks about how she is working with the Lib Dems Campaign for Racial Equality and the Racial Diversity campaign and has developed great relationships with both.

You can read her whole article here.

Read more by or more about , or .
This entry was posted in LibLink.
Advert

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

This post has pre moderation enabled, please be patient whilst waiting for it to be manually reviewed. Liberal Democrat Voice is made up of volunteers who keep the site running in their free time.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarAlison Crawford 19th Feb - 11:36am
    I am sorry that several of you seem to have a low opinion of Ed Davey. I heard him speak twice at the Western Counties...
  • User AvatarIan Bailey 19th Feb - 10:58am
    I'm also new (last September) and am in my 1st week as local party treasurer. This party needs to stand for the vast space in...
  • User AvatarBarry Long 19th Feb - 10:57am
    I passed the 11 plus and was allocated to a grammar school which required 2 bus journeys to get to ( I later found I...
  • User AvatarMartin 19th Feb - 10:53am
    David Raw: I too am mystified by your incessant need to big up opponents, while bemoaning deficiencies you see in the Party. Starmer/Nandy are far...
  • User AvatarBrian Edmonds 19th Feb - 10:18am
    @ David Raw: I’m no expert on either the nags or the beautiful game, but I get your drift. We’ll never know whether Nick would...
  • User AvatarNigel Jones 19th Feb - 9:59am
    I hope Andy Hyde is right about his kids not enduring the divide between grammar schools and secondary modern. But who knows what Boris will...