In the year since COVID-19 emerged, it has in some way impacted almost everyone across the world. However, it has become clear that those who started the pandemic with a disadvantage in terms of health, poverty, disability, ethnicity, or gender are suffering its impacts disproportionately. This policy briefing explores the impact of Covid policies on women from the UK’s Horn of Africa communities.
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This report explores the diaspora’s relationship with buraanbur and how both personal and political identities are created through this art-form. The research highlights the cultural importance and contribution of buraanbur to Somali culture. Despite buraanbur being one of the most profound poetic art-forms, there is very little research about the political power of this artform. Although we know it is highly politicised with tribalism, its main function has always been to not only celebrate but for self-expression which has previously worked positively in influencing history for Somali women.
We have provided a reasonable set of recommendations that goes beyond a quick fix solution — but a call for a collective policy and service delivery attitude to change and actions on a grassroots level.
In response to the government’s call for evidence to review ethnic disparities and inequalities, we submitted this response and opted to answer all of the questions with cited references.
This policy briefing is written by the Anti-Tribalism Movement endorsed by 27 Somali charities across the UK. The policy briefing sets out the main challenges the community is facing in relation to housing, health, income, education and technology, culture, and community infrastructure.
This new report has shown Somalia is facing a multitude of challenges as Covid-19 spreads in Africa and continues to ravage the UK, causing rising unemployment in the Somali community and a collapse in the money they are sending back home.