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Race Equality Week

February 7 - February 13

Race Equality Week is 7-13th February 2022, and this year the theme is #ActionsNotJustWords.

REN will be hosting a series of events via Zoom throughout the week, called ‘The More You Know’.

Research and real-life experiences show that the more you know about a community, and the more people you know from a community, the more likely it is that unconscious bias or hostile feelings towards other groups will be reduced.

‘The More You Know’ will be a series of online 30-45min talks from local people in Bradford offering a short, engaging history of their community within Bradford and the world. REN believes that it is not the responsibility of minoritised communities to educate on their experiences and history, but it is also important that people are given a platform to speak for themselves rather than being talked for or about.

Linking to this year’s theme ‘ActionNotJustWords’, each talk will have a suggested ‘action’ at the end of it, promoting cohesion, support, education and equality.  This could be to attend an event organised by your community, visit a restaurant or try a recipe, donate to a charity or sign a relevant petition, read a book… Any attendees of this talk should commit to this action and evidence themselves doing it if possible – this can then be used to keep momentum up through the year.

You can see the flyer for Race Equality Week here.


The below events are on throughout the week:


Monday 7th February:


11- 12.30am: City of Sanctuary – Bradford home to refugees

Their stories of survival, settlement friendship life and success. We will be joined by guest speakers from BIASAN, the Council and Bradford for Everyone.

Click here to join the City of Sanctuary meeting


Tuesday 8th February:


12- 1pm: Launch of the Race Equality Staff Network. (council staff only)

For further information please email RESN@bradford.gov.uk


6-7pm: ‘FUN BOY 3’

Join our animated panel for conversation and reminiscence from a Jamaican, Irishman and Pakistani about our experiences of education, employment and living in Bradford District. It will touch on personal experiences of racism, discrimination and building successful careers – it will be tinged with sadness and humour.

Click here to join the FUN BOY 3 meeting


Wednesday 9th February:


1.30 – 3pm: ‘My journey through Race’

Webinar featuring a panel of BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnics) professionals sharing their stories and the impact race has had on their life journeys. Join our speakers: Shak Rafiq – Strategic Communications and Engagement Lead for ‘Act as One’, Huma Nizami – Project Manager REN, Mushtaq Ahmed – IT Project Manager – Bradford Council, Nasser Hanif – Journalist-BBC, Charles Dacres – Director – Bradford Hate Crime Alliance, Furaha Mussanzi – Centre Manager for the Millside centre Bradford

Click here to join the My Journey through Race meeting


Thursday 10th February:


12.30-2pm: ‘Parks to Pavilions’

Lord Kamlesh Patel – Chairman – Yorkshire County Cricket Club – Introducing the online screening of the documentary ‘Park to Pavilions’ about the Asian league cricket stories of players from Bradford, Leeds and Dewsbury. This will be followed by a Q&A with Lord Patel and 3 of the other cricketers featured in the documentary. Organised in partnership with YCCC and the AYA Foundation.

Click here to join the Parks to Pavilions meeting


Friday 11th February:


11-12.30pm: ‘Race- holding the space in arts and culture’

Key note speaker Kevin Dalton-Johnson- Runnymede Trust will be discussing this notion and its importance through his work at the Runnymede Trust. He will be joined by 2/3 Bradford based arts/culture projects whose work is shaped by their race and cultural identity. This webinar is being organised in partnership with the LEAP – Bradford

Click here to join the Runnymede Trust meeting


4-6pm: Drop the mic’ Open Mic poetry and spoken word

Hosted by Young people at the Mary Magdalene church project – on Race identity and belonging. This will be a face to face event that will also be streamed live. Kindly supported by Bradford 2025 and hosted by Sharat Hussain – Centre Manager – Mary Magdalene Church. For further details, please email Sharat on sharathussain@yahoo.com.


We wish to thank our partner organisations in supporting us to deliver Race Equality Week 2022


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