Cork webinar highlights issues of racism and the need for change

Cork webinar highlights issues of racism and the need for change

Working groups have been established to communicate experiences of racism and calls for change to policy makers, following a webinar in Cork.

The Cork Migrant Centre recently hosted a webinar to give young people in Cork a voice to discuss their own experience of racism, and the need for change.

The webinar was organised to allow young black people from the Cork community to discuss and share experiences of racism.

Fionnuala O'Connell of the Cork Migrant Centre, which organised the recent webinar to highlight issues of racism and the need for change. Pictured with young people who took part in the webinar. Pic: Clare Keogh
Fionnuala O'Connell of the Cork Migrant Centre, which organised the recent webinar to highlight issues of racism and the need for change. Pictured with young people who took part in the webinar. Pic: Clare Keogh

Well known Cork DJ Stevie G, a columnist with The Echo, was involved in the event.

Stevie works with young people across Cork.

Speaking to The Echo, he said:

“The webinar hosted by the Cork Migrant Centre in the aftermath of the George Floyd murder helped many young people voice their own experiences of racism here.

“Subsequently there has been a number of working groups set up to try and form a way of communicating these experiences to policy makers, and also to offer these young people assistance and a voice going forward.” The Cork Migrant Centre (CMC), is a local Charity in Cork which was established by the Presentation Sisters in 2006, to provide free, confidential and current information on access to services and immigration issues.

The Centre is committed to advocating on behalf of migrant children, families, and communities, and to ensure they have access to the services and supports they need to alleviate the day to day challenges and provide them the best possible opportunities to empower them individually and collectively.

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