In this moment, as we work to find more social entrepreneurs addressing systemic racism and its effects, we also look to veteran Ashoka Fellows closest to the issues – for perspective, insight, and wisdom rooted in lived experience and decades of work.
To date, Ashoka has selected more than 3,700 social entrepreneurs in more than 90 countries, whose systems-changing innovations solve deep-rooted social problems. In 2018, we surveyed our Fellows on the impact that Ashoka has had on them.
Better Addiction Care – Black Youth Matters: Understanding Mental Health Issues among Black Teens
Mental illness among Black teens is not created in a vacuum. On multiple levels, this community is faced with disproportionate education, family, and quality-of-life burdens that can directly contribute to the onset of moderate to severe mental illness.
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Blavity is a tech company for forward thinking Black millennials pushing the boundaries of culture and the status quo.
Building Better Schools – Addressing Anti-Black Racism
A 1980s court case involving CN Rail and the Canadian Human Rights Commission determined that CN Rail would need a ‘critical mass’ of women in its employment to break the continuing cycle and culture of systemic discrimination and harassment of women workers within the organization. This case laid the groundwork for subsequent employment equity laws across Canada.
The concept of ‘critical mass’ is important if the potential of racialized and Black teachers and education workers is to be realized within the education system. They need to see themselves represented in the system as part of a welcoming and inclusive culture.
There must be a concerted effort among all stakeholders to address barriers in recruitment, hiring and retention policies and procedures. Anti-Black racism training for all education leadership, staff, teachers and education workers is key to achieving institutional and systemic change and to creating organizational cultures that are welcoming and inclusive of Black educators and students. The Ministry of Education and other organizations must adequately fund and resource initiatives that address anti-Black racism.
European Network Against Racism
ENAR is the only pan-European anti-racism network that combines advocacy for racial equality and facilitating cooperation among civil society anti-racism actors in Europe. The organization was set up in 1998 by grassroots activists on a mission to achieve legal changes at European level and make decisive progress towards racial equality in all EU Member States. Since then, ENAR has grown and achieved a great deal.
Experiences Canada – Black Lives Matter Inspired Anti-Racism Conversations
Experiences Canada’s Black Lives Matter & Anti Racism Conversations series – produced in both English and French – aims to increase the capacity of youth to engage in Anti-Racism conversations by providing them with an opportunity to learn from emerging and established leaders and from their peers.
A series of live events over 7 weeks will be accompanied by easy-to-follow discussion guides, educational materials and resources from anti-racism organizations. A key objective for this series is to amplify the message and voices of the Black Lives Matter Movement and Anti-Racism Activists in Canada.
Global Exchange is an international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic and environmental justice around the world.
Ontario Government Anti-Racism Directorate
The Anti-Racism Directorate (ARD) works to eliminate systemic racism in government policies, decisions and programs, and advance racial equity in Ontario for Black, Indigenous and racialized populations. We’re committed to advancing a more inclusive and responsive Ontario government, to ensure all people are served equitably, with a plan that is grounded in evidence and research.
Stand Up For Human Rights / #FightRacism
#FightRacism was first launched in 2009 to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which commemorates the brutal killings of 69 anti-apartheid protestors. In December 2019, the UN Human Rights Office extended the campaign to run on a year-long basis, as part of its commitment to end intolerance, xenophobia & discrimination of every kind.
Racism, xenophobia and intolerance are problems prevalent in all societies. But every day, each and every one of us can stand up against racial prejudice and intolerant attitudes. Be a human rights champion, #fightracism and #Standup4humanrights.