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Constellations Event Space

Black Women Transforming Politics
CLPD Women

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Although they did not receive the vote until well after their white sisters, black women have a rich and successful history of political activism. Organising in the communities in which they live, through official organisations, setting up credit unions, supplementary/Saturday schools, women’s refuges, vital local services and via advocacy work, they have made their mark on political history – yet they continue to be unrepresented in elected political office. This session will focus on the marginal position of black women in mainstream politics, their historic involvement in the labour movement and wider issues of equal representation.


Diane Abbott MP
Poltician // Labour Party

Shadow Home Secretary and Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington

Claudia Webbe
Politician // Labour Party

Member of the Labour Party National Executive Committee and Executive member for Environment and Transport at Islington Council

Emine Ibrahim
Politician // Labour Party

Deputy leader of Haringey Council

Zita Holbourne
Activist // PCS

Activist, author & artist and PCS national vice-president

Dr Sonya Robotham
Campaigner // Spectrum Derbyshire

Director of Operations at Spectrum Derbyshire

Anna Rothery

Mayoral Lead 4 Equality & Race Equality Liverpool