Established in 2001, the Black Women’s Network (BWN) brought together organisations and partnerships whose work impacted on the lives of black and minority ethnic women. Uniquely, the BWN was founded on the belief women with various identities and ethnicities of women in Birmingham had far more in common than things that set them apart. The BWN’s strategic work was founded on that principle and wherever possible encouraged its members to develop a more inclusive response to discrimination and inequality.
Among other activities, the BWN identified and supported Black women’s organisations to access additional resources in order to develop and improve and services for BME women. Over the course of its life the BWN helped local organisations access £3.3million in funding.