Commenting on the Equality and Human Rights Commission ‘Healing a divided Britain’ report, Yvonne MacNamara CEO of the Traveller Movement said:
“The EHRC’s in-depth report rightly highlights the systemic disadvantages and discrimination the Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities face across the UK.
The Traveller Movement’s 2016 Discrimination Survey found that, as a coping mechanism against racism and discrimination, 77% of Gypsies & Travellers hide their ethnicity. It is shocking that in 2016, people are forced to hide their ethnicity in order to access employment and services.
We hope the government works with EHRC and others towards a fairer society, which ensures such practices are no longer necessary.”
Notes to Editor
- The Traveller Movement (TM) is a national community development policy and voice charity who campaign against discrimination, promote inclusion, participation and community engagement for the Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities. We are proud to work together with service providers and policy makers across the UK to better promote social inclusion and community cohesion. For more information see: http://travellermovement.org.uk/
- TM’s interim Discrimination Survey, which surveyed Gypsies, Travellers and Roma can be found here: http://travellermovement.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Discrimination-survey-report.pdf
- The Equality and Human Rights Commission’s press release on Healing a divided Britain can be found here: https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/our-work/news/widespread-inequality-risks-increasing-race-tensions-warns-ehrc.