A CHARITY is calling for the government to support women’s organisations to help bridge the gender pay gap and inequalities faced by females, as International Women’s Day (IWD) is marked.

Jumoke Ilevbabor, the founder of the African and Caribbean Women’s Centre in Bury, has spoken about the inequalities women still face in 2022.

This year, the theme for IWD is ‘Break the Bias’, something which Jummy is keen to get involved with as her charity works to support women in the BAME community.

She said: “We provide support for black women and their families through hardship and help women trying to go back into education or work as well as domestic violence support.

The former journalist from Nigeria came to the UK in 2008 and after experiencing discrimination as a black woman, decided eventually set up a charity in 2020.

The charity runs a cultural appreciation food bank, which provides women in the BAME community in Bury, food that they are used to in their culture. Food like rice and lentils are handed out.

Jumoke’s group also run mental health workshops and will soon offer cultural cooking classes.

On the issue of gender inequality, she added: “Some of the challenges women face in the UK is the gender pay gap, with women still earning less than man in the same roles.

"Women also struggle with childcare because it’s ridiculously expensive, so most women have to make a choice between family and their careers."

Jumoke also spoke about the challenges she faced herself as a black woman coming to Bury.

She said: “I was paying a quarter of my salary to childcare, so I had to decide if it was worth it.

“By the time women come back to work, they have to start all over because of the huge employment gap.”

Jumoke also touched on the issues black women face when in employment.

She said: “For a black person when you go to work you have to work three times harder because you have to prove to them that you can do it.

“There are also a lot of stereotypes for black women as people may assume black women are loud or aggressive and lazy, when this is not the case.

“We have also found that domestic violence is on the rise in the BAME culture thought people may not report it as much.”

Jumoke thinks more support is needed from the government and local councils such as Bury, to support ethnic minority charities working in the community.