women are victims of sexual assault in England and Wales every year


of BME women live in poverty

9 out of 10

local authorities have no specialised BME service for women who experience violence or abuse

The Angelou Centre is a black-led women’s centre based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne providing a range of services for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BME) women across the North East region. As well as delivering frontline support, the centre works at national level to ensure the voices of BME women are represented.

Sisters For Change worked with the Angelou Centre from 2015-2017 on a legal accountability project focusing on four local authority areas across England. In November 2017, Sisters For Change, Angelou Centre, Ashiana (Sheffield), Apna Haq (Rotherham), LBWP (London), and Panahghar (Coventry) launched a joint report, Unequal Regard, Unequal Protection: Public authority responses to violence against BME women in England, to evidence the chronic failure of public authorities to respond to violence against BME women and girls in England.