We have already supported over 200 BME women, and over 70 BME women-led organisations to improve their knowledge and understanding of their rights, and to exercise greater leadership in economic, social and political spaces. As a result they will have a greater impact on the power relations around them - on both household and community levels.
This is achieved by working directly with the participants through training programmes, mentoring, and organising policy seminars, but also by supporting the women to develop networks and forums. We are also developing partnership projects with participants and their organisations. We hope to continue to provide support and mentoring to participants who seek a longer-term partnership with Oxfam and who want to inform and influence decisions that impact on the women's work and their service users, locally, regionally and nationally.
To find out more about the impact of the project, see the Routes to Solidarity project summary.
Developing relationships with policymakers
Participants are given support in building relationships with policymakers, via face-to-face meetings, as well as through producing policy papers and responding to government consultations, highlighting how to benefit BME communities. During the course of the project we will have introduced participants to over 60 policymakers at different levels. The results of this project will be used to develop best practice case studies, and as a basis for further lobbying activities.