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Challenges faced by BME women

A very topical seminar on 11 April with School of SSESW academic Sirin Sung (Social Policy) generated a lot of interest and discussion. Entitled BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) Women Balancing Work and Family in Northern Ireland: An Intersectional Perspective of Gender and Ethnicity, the seminar outlined a research project examining the challenges BME women in Northern Ireland face in balancing paid work and their family responsibilities. These challenges, for example managing childcare, can be greater for BME women than for other women due to their less extensive family support networks and their lack of English, which can limit their awareness of government policies and their access to available services.

Work was carried out with four focus groups in Belfast in 2018 to explore the lived experiences of BME women balancing work and family. Qualitative in-depth interviews with BME women will be carried out in 2019 and 2020 to explore their ongoing experiences of this issue. For more information, the presentation by Sirin Sung is available at