of 10,000 signatures
To Arts Council England, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
As a live artist and a professional working in the industry, I want to see the rights of women honoured. Black women like myself are often the invisible labourers, we work tirelessly to create space for others, create change and campaign for the rights of the marginalised. Yet in our existence we have to contend with labels such as intimidating, aggressive and angry.
We are silenced and made to work under toxic and misogynistic conditions that create a ripple effect on our mental health, family life and more. I have battled depression for many years as a result of my experience in the work place, I have been silenced and accused of being aggressive when I have sought clarity and change. The impact of years of abuse in the workplace has effected my relationships and my overall mental health.
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I want change to occur from all areas within the creative industry. I want Black women, women of colour and all women to be protected in the workplace. To be heard and for our rights to not be dismissed as intimidating or aggressive.
My aim through this, is to ask Arts Council England to conduct a review of the Live Art industry and its work place, placing an emphasis on the workplace conditions impacting Black women and women of colour. I understand that this is just a start to what needs to be a long-term commitment to ending violence against Black women in this industry. However, as a start this is all I can handle and would appreciate all the support I can get to bring this to the attention of change-makers.
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