Whose Crisis Counts?

Minority Women, Austerity and Solidarity in France and the UK

A first Knowledge Exchange event entitled: ‘Whose Crisis Counts? Minority Women, Austerity and Solidarity in France and the UK’ was held on 11th June 2013 at the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland, University of Edinburgh, which brought together 35 participants from the third sector, local and national government and academia.

This seminar brought together academics, policy makers, practitioners and local activists to explore and debate the differing ways in which the current economic crisis and austerity are being experienced in France and the UK. Drawing on the findings to date from the ‘Minority Women’s Activism in Tough Times’ project, it examined the ways in which the third sector in each country is being reshaped by the crisis and consider the impact these transformations are having on those in the most precarious position: minority and migrant women. Participants were invited to consider what role third sector organisations can play in responding to austerity and how these agencies can be supported in their work with migrant and minority women.

Tuesday 11th June 2013
The University of Edinburgh
Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland
Moray House School of Education
Paterson’s Land, Room 1.18
9.30 Welcome and Opening Remarks Dr. Rowena Arshad, Head, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh

9.45  Report on Findings from the Minority Women’s Activism in Tough Times’ Project Dr. Leah Bassel, University of Leicester & Dr. Akwugo Emejulu, University of Edinburgh – Co-Principal Investigators

10.15  Ethnicity, Austerity and Social Justice: A Critical Analysis Dr. Gina Netto, Heriot-Watt University

10.30  Plenary Discussion

11.00  Coffee Break

11.15   Looking to the Future: The Third Sector in Uncertain Times

12.00  Close and Lunch