Civil Society Roots Survey-for frontline organisations working ith women and minoritised communities

HEAR has been asked to circulate the below survey and information, the survey is funded by the GLA as part of the Civil Society Roots programme:

The Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy is an advocacy, consultancy and research non-profit that seeks to create policies that promote equality, justice, solidarity and peace. We aim to bring a feminist and intersectional lens to politics and seek to promote civil society voices so that policymakers are better able to create policies that are representative of society.

We have been funded by the GLA and the Mayor of London to investigate how organisations who support women and/or marginalised groups, were impacted by the pandemic. We're interested in discovering if there are trends in access to resources, funding, staffing, leadership etc. The first stage is to conduct this anonymous survey so all levels of employees/volunteers within a direct service support organisation can honestly respond. From these responses, we are then hosting a roundtable discussion to look at the trends and suggest clear steps forward to ensure future resilience. This report will be shared with policymakers and civil society to enable discussions about tangible and realistic ways policy can support organisations (to better support women and marginalised groups they serve).

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HEAR Equality and Human Rights Network is a network of voluntary and community sector organisations across London working for equality, rights and social justice and against discrimination. We are currently funded by City Bridge Trust, Trust for London and the National Lottery.

Under our Bridging Divides funding we work to ensure that specialist equality and human rights groups, particularly the smaller and user led ones, and the Londoners they work with, can connect and work together across London and across equality specialisms. With our members we work to make equality issues central in local and regional decision making, and to raise awareness and work more closely with universities, think tanks, professional bodies and business. This funding also supports our core activities as a network: regular bulletins and information provision, knowledge sharing, signposting, website and networking.

The Trust for London project funds our Policy and Campaigns work, which supports organisations to campaign together on equality and rights issues of joint importance. Currently campaigns are focused around support for Deaf and disabled refugees and asylum seekers and Digital Exclusion and we are currently developing a theme with members on Decent Homes as a Human Right. We lead for Disabled customers on the National Asylum Stakeholder Forum Equality Sub-Group, who work alongside the Home Office to ensure the rights of asylum seekers are protected, and established and used to host Charities Challenging Hate Crime, the London pan equality hate crime network.

In the NetEquality project, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund Reaching Communities, through the Cornerstone Fund, dozens of smaller user-led and ‘grass roots’ equality groups and equality partners in London are working together. Over an initial two years, to mid 2021, we will design, test and pilot exciting new ways to use networking and online tools to strengthen our connections and quickly and easily share information and knowledge. We will be exploring ways to join up our voices for solidarity and influence and for more coordinated, effective campaigning to fight discrimination and improve equality in London. Through Stronger Together, funded by Awards for All, we provide activities and support for individual campaigners and those in the smaller, user-led and grass roots groups.
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