The Covid-19 PANDEMIC: Impact on BAME Women

Wed, 29 Jul 2020 17:00 in Discussion Forums

Date: Wednesday, 29th July 2020
Time: 17:00-18:00


  • Sue Liburd MBE DL, Non-Executive Director, NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community
  • Loretta Sollars, Head of Health Inequalities & Deputy Head Children, Young People and Families, Public Health England
  • Iysha Arun, Research Fellow, Dialogue Society

Dialogue Society is hosting a panel discussion “COVID-19: Impact on BAME Women” on how the COVID-19 pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on the BAME community and BAME women in particular on Wednesday, 29th July between 17:00-18:00. As a global public health crisis, the Covid-19 pandemic has created an asymmetrical socio-economic turmoil. Researches show that due to pre-existing gender, social and financial inequalities, different groups of women in the UK are experiencing Covid-19 disproportionately.

According to new research collated by polling agency Survation, on behalf of the Fawcett Society, 42.9% of BAME women said they believed they would be in more debt than before the epidemic compared to 37.1% of white women. 65.1% BAME women working outside the home reported anxiety as a result of having to go out to work during the coronavirus pandemic. These statistics suggest that BAME women feel particularly disadvantaged by and are more likely to suffer more significant economic and psychological consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

We sincerely hope that the discussion helps us to answer this important issue in some way.