EnglishPragna Patel recalls her experience of feeling isolated at a university where the majority of other students were white.
Southall Black SistersMany black and Asian feminists felt unrepresented within the predominantly white Women’s Liberation Movement; organisations such as Southall Black Sisters (SBS) have been fundamental in redressing the imbalance. SBS was established in 1979 to support all black and Asian women living in the UK. Their aims are to ‘highlight and challenge all forms of gender-related violence against women’. They do this through campaigning, providing legal advice and information, running consciousness-raising groups, and offering counselling and self-help support. SBS offers its services in a number of different languages, especially South Asian languages. Although SBS aims the majority of its services at black and Asian women, it clearly states that it will never turn away any woman who needs emergency help.
Pragna Patel as a celebrated activistPragna Patel is currently the director of Southall Black Sisters. As you can hear in this extract, she got deeply involved in the running of the organisation and turned it around in the early 1980s. Pragna Patel was one of the Guardian’s top 100 women in 2001 for her active campaigning on behalf of black and Asian feminism.
Why does Britain need an organisation like Southall Black Sisters?
Southall Black Sisters banner at meeting photograph © Stella Dadzie
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- Race, place and nation
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