EMWWAA's HLF funded book Seventy Years of Struggle and Achievement: Life Stories of Ethnic Minority Women in Wales was launched on November 20, 2021, at Butetown Community Centre, Cardiff, and we had a re-launch at the Senedd Cymru on March 30, 2022.
The stories of women from Wales’ minority communities are seldom heard. This book, part of EMWWAA's HLF project, reveals how black, Asian and other ethnic minority women have built lives in Wales and made significant contributions to Welsh society. Our focus is on the life stories of ethnic minority women who were born or have settled in various parts of Wales since 1948.
The women featured include some from long-settled often mixed families and others who have come from various parts of South and East Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Some arrived as migrant workers, others as refugees, students or the wives of students. Their life experience is an important part of the history of multi-ethnic Wales and helps chart social changes since the 1950s.
Individual stories testify both to the struggle against the odds and to the remarkable contribution that minority women have made to many sectors of Welsh society.