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Race Equality Taskforce

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.


The taskforce meets at least quarterly. Confirmed meeting dates:


  • 2 October 2020


  • 28 January 2021


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 – October 2020 (PDF 360kb)

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