BAME Male Working Group and Race Network Co-Chairs, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
The DFID (now FCDO) Race Network launched a project to empower BAME men to share lived experiences, understand how race affects BAME men’s employment experiences, and advocate for improvements. In support of DFID’s first Race Action Plan, the team used a snowballing technique to engage BAME men, assuring them of anonymity and sensitive handling. The outcome was a report launched on 21 March 2020 (International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination) which provided unique insights on what is preventing BAME men from realising their potential, including subtle and overt forms of discrimination: racially-aggravated shouting, swearing, racist jokes and sexualised-racial harassment. Respondents demonstrated considerable bravery in providing testimonies. Support was offered and senior-level commitment was maintained throughout COVID-19 and the DFID/FCO merger leading to institutional change.