One of the areas I also highlighted this month was that, despite Black History Month, black women continue to face huge barriers in our daily lives. The co-founder of a rum distillery has also criticised these barriers. Jacine Rutasikwa was featured in Black Wall St Media this month as the UK’s first Black female distillery owner. She said, ‘We often struggle to get to the next phase for a number of reasons – whether it’s access to finance, networks, education or mentorship.’ Sadly, it’s true.
That’s why the I founded the Baton Awards back in 2018, celebrating women of diverse racial backgrounds of past, present, and future, which I believe is so needed for intersectional women. This year, on 24th November at the BMA House, Tavistock Square, we will host the next annual awards ceremony. At a time when the intersectional female community is being consistently overlooked, an awards ceremony that celebrates the achievements, challenges and accomplishments of trailblazers is an opportunity for measurable change.
Change is just what we need!