Picture: Maria Oswalt
TG is an organisation which owes its very
existence to the women decades ago who spoke out against inequality - we would
not have the freedom to vote and to consider matters of social injustice were
it not for their efforts. And to this day, gender-based inequality is something
we strive to call out where we see it.
But we are also an organisation which welcomes
women regardless of race and so we cannot ignore the growing need for action to
ensure that black women and their families are able to live their lives without
suffering just because of the colour of their skin.
June 2020 has been a turning point in the
Black Lives Matter movement. While it was the murder of George Floyd in the US
which sparked the outcry, it has prompted us all to examine our own countries
and how racism is embedded into the way society works. And while it would be
easy to let the issue fade away now it’s slipping away from the headlines, it
would not be the right thing to do.
that we are not advocating that members join the Political Movement but that
they support the sentiment underlying it.
We appreciate, of course, that for individual
members it may be difficult to navigate the sheer volume of information and
news that has cropped up in the wake of what has happened. We also know that
mistakes can be made even where intentions are good. This is why we have taken
some time to collate useful information, so that you can educate yourself and
understand why all of this is happening and why we need to step up and use the
T G platform to support the cause.
Follow these links to find out more:
Before we begin
Time for self-education
Time for action
You may find information which directly
challenges your past behaviour. This may not be easy to face, and you may need
to take some time for self-reflection, to make peace with the mistakes you have
made and to think about how you can do better. Being wrong and making mistakes
aren’t bad - provided that you take the opportunity to learn and to grow.
Simply living through these times can be
exhausting - it’s okay to take a break, to step away and not think about things
for a little while. What is important is that you come back to them once you’ve
had time to take that breath, that you continue to support the cause even once
the news agenda tries to draw a line under it.
TG is here to improve the lives of all women. Right now, that means giving
our support and our attention to the black and minority ethnic women who can no
longer stay silent and simply accept their oppression.
“It is not enough to be not racist, you must
actively be anti racist” - Angela Davis, American activist.