Welcome to the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER)
Formerly known as Glasgow Anti Racist Alliance (GARA), CRER is focussed on helping to eliminate racial discrimination and harassment and in promoting racial justice across Scotland. Over the years CRER has had a key role in advocating, campaigning and influencing developments to promote racial equality. It has been effective in responding to a broad range of interests needed to make an impact upon deep rooted issues and respond to the needs of communities. CRER has experience of anti-racist work covering areas such as youth empowerment, community engagement, pioneering research as well as helping to mainstream race equality across the public sector in Scotland..
The State of the Nation 2014: Employment
The State of the Nation: Race and Racism in Scotland - Employment
Ethnicity and Employment in Scotland's Public Sector
Evidence suggests that positive interaction between people from different ethnic backgrounds erodes prejudicial attitudes and helps build cohesive and integrated communities. This interaction can take place in neighbourhoods and communities (i.e. where people live), in social and cultural arenas (where people play) and in employment (where people work).
Of these three aspects of people’s lives, achieving integration in the workplace should be the easiest. However, there is ample evidence that people from Black minority ethnic backgrounds suffer disadvantage in the labour market. Some of this is down to structural discrimination in the labour market and some to racial discrimination by employers.
Joel Nkhoma: International Young Scotland Programme
This year, as part of CRER’s goal to address under-representation of BME people in politics, we promoted the renowned International Young Scotland Programme (IYSP).
The IYSP is a three day programme for young people born outside of the UK to come together and develop the communication skills of people in the early stages of their working lives or who are performing voluntary work in the community.
Joel Nkhoma, a current Political Shadowing Scheme participant of ours took up the challenge enthusiastically and went to Gretna Green to see what the programme was all about.
Rwanda Genocide: 20 Years On
7 April 2014 begins a 100-day period of commemoration, which marks 20 years since the Genocide in Rwanda.
Kwibuka means ‘remember’ in Kinyarwanda, Rwanda’s language. It describes the annual commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
In 1994 in over 100 days approximately 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were murdered. Men, women and children were killed in their thousands in homes, schools and churches. It is estimated that that around 75% of the Tutsi population was murdered during the genocide and that 200,000 people were mobilised to commit murder themselves. The importance of remembering what happened in Rwanda has recently been re-stated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu who said:
“Twenty years ago, I was horrified at the slaughter in Rwanda. A million lives lost in just a hundred days. Never again, vowed leaders the world over. So how can it be possible for mass atrocities like those in Sudan and the Central African Republic to take place today? Regrets about the past can only be proven by actions that will prevent genocide ever taking place again. We must never forget the horrors that have gone before, nor must we ignore those that go on today.”