International Women’s Day: A Testament to the Labour of Women of Colour


March 8th is celebrated annually as International Women’s Day, a day for honouring the achievements of women’s rights movements across the globe. It also serves as a reminder of how much farther we have yet to go in achieving gender and racial equality.

The holiday has its roots in the Socialist Party of America, which declared a National Women’s Day in 1909, one year after 15,000 working class women marched through the streets of New York calling for better pay, shorter working hours, and the right to vote.

The Prism of Race: Reality at Ukraine's Borders


It has been almost two weeks since the political conflicts between Russia and Ukraine escalated into war. We uncover what has been happening since President Putin declared his “military operation” on the 24th of February and stand in solidarity with Ukraine and the individuals experiencing distress in their seek for safety.

Passing of the 'extraordinary' and 'fearless' Anwar Ditta is mourned


The passing of the 'extraordinary' and 'fearless' campaigner Anwar Ditta has been widely mourned in recent days. Ditta is best known for her victorious campaign, which saw her fight back against the discriminatory immigration control laws of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Both her and her husband's (Shuja Ud Din) initial requests for the admission of their children were denied. Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, the Home Office maintained Ditta's children were not her own.

Black History Month 2021: What does it mean to you? Re-live the series now


It's here! Re-live the week-long digital series in full, NOW. Six black and mixed raced with black youth were asked what Black History Month means to them. Find out what they had to say, here:

Greater Manchester Civic & Political Leadership Programme


We are excited to announce that recruitment for our next Civic and Political Leadership Programme will be in Greater Manchester.

Please watch this space for further details coming soon.

We are now on Linkedin!


Great News! Operation Black Vote are now on Linkedin.

Click here to follow Operation Black Vote on Linkedin, today:

Check out the page for the latest in news, updates, volunteering opportunities, and of course, civic leadership programme dates and Pathway to Success news.


OBV Board of Trustee statement on outgoing Director Simon Woolley


Thanks, sadness and celebration for Lord Simon Woolley as he takes on an exciting new role.

New principal of Homerton College, Cambridge, pledges to fund Bursaries for disadvantaged students


The outgoing Operation Black Vote Director, and new principal of Homerton College, Cambridge, is to fund bursaries for disadvantaged students.

Lord Woolley has pledged to support two full bursaries for disadvantaged students at Homerton College, Cambridge, as he takes up his role as Principal of the College.

The equalities campaigner and cross-bench peer, who will become the first Black man to lead a College at Cambridge or Oxford, will fund two full bursaries at Homerton each year.

More work needed to remove barriers facing black men in politics, warns David Lammy


David Lammy has urged the Labour Party to concentrate its efforts on reducing barriers to entry for black men in the party.

The MP for Tottenham made the remarks at a Labour Conference fringe event in Brighton. Lammy, one of only three black or mixed-raced with black male Labour MPs, is quoted as saying:

"There are so many barriers to entry and when we’re talking about black men the barriers to entry are huge.

“The party has been slow to pick that up and understand that and we need to do considerably more.

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