BAME Women’s Democracy Event 12th October 2017
The aim of BAME Women’s Democracy event is to encourage BAME communities to participate in local policy decisions. Democracy is everyone’s right, their contribution can change lives.
Quotes About Democracy. Democracy is a form of government in which people have the say in choosing the government or leader of their choice. In other words, in a democracy, power lies in the hand of people unlike autocracy or dictatorship, where a single person usurps all the power and the rules over the entire nation.
Discussion: Current issues facing BAME women
This is the first time Labour has organised a BAME women’s event for Democracy Week 2017. The purpose of this event is to find a way to reach out to women from BAME communities and get them involved at local level.
We discussed how democracy changes lives that are influenced by government.
We all know decisions made nationally can affect local issues therefore, wider community engagement and input is required if they want to be heard. We also said how they can have influence over decisions that can better the lives of many.
We also discussed the representation on the day maybe low because of when the meeting is being held. This is something we can look at.
We agreed we should hold another similar event same time next year and possibly have it around a theme and speakers, visit full council session and attend forum meetings to get an understanding of how local council performs, scrutinise and see how their local councillors represent their constituents.
The Women were set an exercise, to write down their experiences of accessing housing and health in Northampton. They came up with good points and want their contribution to be followed up on.
Council Chamber debate:
We went to the Council Chamber for a debate and split the group in two and selected a Mayor. The debate was around flexibility for working mums to work from 9-2pm
Group 1 – Employees want their employer to give them flexibility and allow them to work 9-2pm to allow them to drop and pick up their children from school.
Group 2 - Employer argued employee accepts the job with the set hours, they cannot offer flexibility because it would affect their productivity and need people to work full time. There were really good arguments for and against.
Time awaited to see specialist
Answer is always pain killer
Not no thorough checks
Medication to expensive
Cost of medication – Vitamin D
Mental health issues
Free and regular health checks
Elderly in could be checked at home and others in other locations
Health service – joined up approach
Translation service for medical appointment – language terminology
GP – not enough time
Long waiting time A&E
Dentist term time appointment
Mental health – not enough service available (poor service)
8am to make GP appointment clash to school runs
Phone line is always engaged
The online system does not work, hard to use
Dentists becoming increasingly privatised
Not enough dentist appointment outside school time
Lots of people coming to Northampton from London , esp due to high cost of living and low quality of living in London
Lot of people from Eastern Europe
Long wait at A&E and operations
The women that attended found the event informative and important. They were pleased they attended. There was much discussion why they have not until now they came along to such event. They would like to see follow up session next year. The ladies are keen to make a contribution and want to learn more about democracy and want to come along to meetings which will be a huge step for them..
Thanked the Women for their contribution.