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By Tikhala Chimpango

ARise Mentoring and Coaching Project

Woman Arise organisation is launching its project ARISE 2: tomorrow on Zoom but also on the organisation’s Facebook page (Live). The project has been funded by National Lottery and it is for 6 months. The project has risen from the need to continue having conversation with women at community kevel on how we can re-emerge better and stronger from the pandemic.

The keynote speaker for the event is Olive Strachan MBE, Global business woman, entrepreneur and founder of Olive Strachan Resources, ex chair of Chartered Institute of Personal Development (CIPD) and CIPD Chartered Fellow, Olive has spent over 20 years developing managers and leaders across the world. Awarded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 2019, named as a Northern Power Woman in 2020 @IamNPW and an Ambassador for Women of the Year 2020, Olive was also Head Judge for the Institute of Directors, IoD NW Director of the Year Award  2020.

A recent national survey on the impact of COVID-19 by Runnymede Trust (Haque, Bécares and Treloar, 2020) showed that pre-existing racial and socioeconomic inequalities have not only been amplified by the coronavirus crisis: they have been made worse. According to this report, people from BAME communities are still at increased risk of complications and mortality post COVID-19 infection.

However, greater risk of serious illness with COVID-19 is more likely the result of pre-existing social and economic inequalities manifesting in the form of particular chronic illnesses. Many studies have shown that ethnic minority people are more likely to have underlying health conditions that have been linked to increased risk of COVID-19 complications and mortality, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and coronary heart disease. These health conditions are, to a great extent, also the result of pre-existing social and economic inequalities faced by ethnic minority people (Nazroo, 2001).

The project will create safe spaces for 6 months where BAME women will come together in workshops to address the socio-economic impact of Covid-19 on our community.

* ARise 2 will explore what it means to reveal-question-dismantle systems that perpetuate disadvantages but also come up with tangible steps with an intention of healing-reimagining better lifestyles and empower ourselves economically.

*The conversations will focus more on economic empowerment, building self-esteem and confidence.

* Women in the 6 months will be expected to work together, formulate achievable goals and map up strategies to reach them.

* The seminars/ workshops will be led by mentors/coaches s who will facilitate conversations in inclusive ways with a purpose of sparking debates, exchange skills, knowledge, and experiences with an aim of empowering and transforming women’s lives.

* The workshops/ seminars will involve peer coaching, support and networking, providing the opportunity to make valuable connections that extend even after the workshops/seminars.

The organisation is managed by Tikhala Chimpango and Mary Kachitsa and has got three trustees namely Barbara Makhalira, Tamanda Kalua and Chrissy Mlota.