Black Women & Europe Network

MQT on 2005-10-18
Session date: 
October 18, 2005
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I have been contacted by the Black Women and Europe Network about employment issues. Can you set out for me what work the GLA and/or the LDA is doing in the following areas: a. Research on poverty and employment of black and minority ethnic women in London.

b. Research on opportunites for BME women from London to work within the EU

c. Improving employment opportunities for BME women in London

d. Supporting BME women from London to access employment opportunities within the EU


Answer for Black Women & Europe Network

Answer for Black Women & Europe Network

Answered By: 
The Mayor

a) Research carried out by the LDA and the GLA includes `Women in London's Economy', `Redefining London's BME'owned Businesses' `Ready for Business: The contribution of black businesses to London's economy'`, The contribution of Asian businesses to London's economy' and `Missed Opportunities: A skills audit of refugee women in London from teaching, nursing and medical professions', Action to tackle the issues these reports identify is progressing. A forthcoming piece of research called `Regeneration in London's Black and Minority Ethnic Communities' is now at draft stage. b) The remit of the LDA is to make London a better place to work, live, visit and do business. For this reason supporting BME women to find work in the rest of the EU is outside the remit of the LDA c) You will be aware that my Economic Development Strategy provides the evidence base and action plan for the London Development Agency's (LDA) activities in terms of equalities from 2005 to 2016. All equalities work is mainstreamed by the LDA and all skills and employment projects have equality and community cohesion impact assessments and targets for supporting Black and Minority Ethnic communities, women and disabled people. As you know, the LDA, in partnership with the GLA, is managing Diversity Works for London, my £10 million campaign to highlight labour market disparities and tackle employment barriers. The LDA's Procurement Development Programme, which is part of Diveristy Works for London, works with SMEs (a significant proportion of which are BME Women led) to create greater opportunities for these businesses to effectively compete for the contracts offered by major public sector and statutory bodies in London.A GLA Group wide gender equality working group has been set up which has both a focus on attracting BME women as well as other women into occupations offered within the GLA Group as well as encouraging BME and other women to take up non traditional occupations both within the GLA Group itself but also within London generally.There are also a number of LDA specialist projects tackling employment opportunities for BME women in London and the LDA can give you a full report in these. d) The LDA and the GLA are supporting the European Federation of Black Women Business Owners and is specifically supporting its 10th Anniversary Global Summit and its Black Women Business Awards taking place this month (27-29 Oct).Staff from the LDA equalities team travelled to Brussels last week to forge closer links with the EU equalities agenda.