Equate Scotland has signed the Runnymede Trust letter of response to the recent UK Race Commission Report published on 31 March 2021.
From our own intersectionality research on the STEM labour market, an Intersectional Analysis of Multiple Discriminations, published May 2020 we are clear that in order to achieve a fairer and more equitable society there must first be an unequivocal acceptance and acknowledgement of the issues and the starting point must be based on the real lived experiences of so many people.
Our own research was conducted across an extensive range of STEM fields and professions. In our survey, one third of respondents experienced micro-aggressions and 72% of BAME women experienced racism or race prejudice in the workplace. The need for governments, educators and employers to invest in better data collection, through an intersectional lens is a pivotal starting point to inform more equitable policy development, and implementation and action. The lack of willingness to tackle long standing issues has been illustrated and magnified already in terms of health statistics and unemployment figures through the COVID-19 pandemic. In a post-pandemic recovery period it will require a very different attitude and willingness to embrace new approaches if we are to successfully address not just long standing inequalities, but the new and emerging challenges we will all face.