‘It is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist’

Angela Davis.

In light of recent events we would like to highlight our pledge to being a safe space for all women. As a feminist organisation we are aware of the different and intersecting inequalities that members of our community in Tyneside and Northumberland face each and every day. We recommit to anti-racism and will continue to actively work to support our black community, within our staff, volunteers, and service users. We stand against racism.

We understand that the circulation of graphic material online can be re-traumatising. It is important to take care of your mental health during this time.

Rachel Miller at VICE magazine has put together some self-care tips that may be useful, some include:

  • Let yourself feel your feelings – It is ok to feel angry, upset, hurt and frustrated. Your feelings are valid.

  • Set news and social media limits – You don’t have to be tuned into everything 24/7 to understand what’s going on, and you don’t need to feel guilt if you need to take a break from reading and listening to the news.

  • Set firm boundaries with family, friends and work – If you don’t feel like discussing a topic or event, that’s ok. Being overwhelmed with requests for comments, opinions, and resources can be exhausting. It is not your job to educate everyone about your own oppression.

  • Find ways to connect with other Black people – Consider joining a Facebook group or a slack group for Black people or listening to a podcast with a black host. Anything that helps you know you are not alone in your grief and hurt.

To read Rachel’s article in full, click here. For more information on supporting your mental health visit our Mindfulness resources.

We would also like to champion the work of some of our sister organisations.

The Angelou Centre is a black-led women’s Non-Government Organisation based in Newcastle upon Tyne, who offer a range of holistic women only services for BME women across the region.

Apna Ghar is a centre run by and for minority ethnic women residing in South Tyneside. The centre provides vocational and non-vocational courses.

Sister Shack is a feminist black-led CIC that focuses on working with and promoting women entrepreneurs, creatives, artists, musicians, and DJs. They discuss issues faced by women and provide information and guidance.

IMKANN are a UK-based, second-tier women’s organisation dedicated to addressing violence against Black and minoritised women and girls.

Million Women Rise is a national organisation ran by black women for all women. They organise and host an annual march, as well as local fundraising.