Today we are launching a new national scoping exercise on Afro hair discrimination in schools, supported by Pantene, Dove, GLAMOUR Magazine and a range of renowned brands and organisations.
The scoping exercise and survey will offer Black audiences the opportunity to share their experiences of growing up with Afro hair, and will encourage parents to share experiences if they have children with Afro hair and/or protective hairstyles.
Your responses will be used to inform new national guidance against race-based hair discrimination in schools across England, Scotland and Wales; and we will be working with both the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and the UK Government (separately), to support the drafting of this guidance.
We would like to thank Josiah Sharpe and his family for speaking so openly about his experiences in school. We highlighted this in the co-signed letter that we sent from Kim Johnson MP, current Vice-Chair of the APPG for Race Equality in Education, to the Equality and Human Rights Commission. We believe personal experiences like these should remain at the centre of all calls to make change at national level.
Nica, Josiah’s mother, said: I’m so glad that my son’s experience wasn't in vain and that things are changing positively. The best part about this is that my son can see the impact he has made and know that he matters! Know that at the tender age of 5 years old he was able to make a stand that would change the lives of many that come after him.
L’myah Sherae, director of Enact Equality, said: I’m thankful to all of the brands and organisations who are supporting our campaign, and I am glad to have the opportunity to help both the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and the UK Government, draft this guidance. Ensuring that schools are safe and supportive environments for Black children must be the core priority here. We want to ensure that no child is ever sent home from school for wearing their hair naturally, or in a protective style, again.
To take part in the scoping exercise and share your experiences, please click here. Thank you to the brands and organisations supporting this work, all of which are listed below.
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