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Race Equality Taskforce

Role, meetings and membership of the College's taskforce on racial equality

Purpose and role

The Race Equality Taskforce advises Officers and the wider College on issues related to race equality, with a particular focus on addressing the disparity in health outcomes experienced by Black, Asian and minority ethnic girls and women in the UK, and tackling the impact of bias and racism on the careers and development of doctors working in obstetrics and gynaecology.

The Taskforce’s role is crucial within College activities, bringing insight to inform its work around education and training, developing and improving RCOG products, and influencing policy. The group aims to collaborate with healthcare organisations, the governments of the UK and individual women to make meaningful action to address the unacceptable inequalities present in the UK today.

Five steps for healthcare professionals

To mark the first meeting of the Race Equality Taskforce, the RCOG and Five X More launched ‘five steps for healthcare professionals’, a campaign to help reduce maternal health disparities in the UK.

Video: Race inequalities in O&G and women's health – RCOG's Race Equality Taskforce


The taskforce meets at least quarterly. Confirmed meeting dates:


  • Thursday 2 September 2021
  • Friday 19 November 2021

You may also be interested in:

Improving the Quality of Women’s Health Care, 14 October 2021. This event aims to inspire and support anyone working to implement better quality and safety within their obstetrics and gynaecology services. Plenary speakers include Professor Sir Michael Marmot and Professor Trish Greenhalgh.


The taskforce is co-chaired by RCOG President Dr Edward Morris, Senior Vice President for Global Health Dr Ranee Thakar, and consultant obstetrician & gynaecologist and RCOG Spokesperson for Racial Equality Dr Christine Ekechi.

Representatives from our Fellows, Members and Trainees are appointed for one year through application and interview. We are currently in the process of appointing representatives for 2020–2021.

If you would like to contact a representative please email and we will direct your request.

Race Equality Taskforce full membership – February 2021 (PDF 365kb)

Contact us

To get in touch with the Race Equality Taskforce, please email For press enquiries please contact


See also:

RCOG Position statement: Racial disparities in women’s healthcare

International Women's Day 2020: We need to talk about race