This report explores how Covid-19 was impacting Black and Muslim women's lives in Scotland in the early phase of pandemic. It presents the analysis of a survey that asked about Covid impact on employment, finances, physical and mental health, faith practices and hate crime. The survey was designed and administered by Amina Muslim Women's Resource Centre, and 58 responses received between May and June 2020 form the basis of the analysis. Closure of places of worship was mentioned by a majority as affecting not only religious practice but a range of other aspects of life including wellbeing, social support and more. Most felt hate crime was not rising due to Covid but that the pandemic showed the best and worst of people with examples of this in the context of BME experiences. The survey provides early support for the idea that Covid created disproportionate risks, not only in terms of health outcomes but also in terms of the gendered nature and cultural specificities of coping with lockdown.


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Armstrong, S. & Sokhi Watson, D. 2021, Early impact of Covid-19 restrictions on Muslim & Black minority ethnic women in Scotland: analysis of survey data, Amina, The Muslim Women’s Resource. Available at: http://eprints.gla.ac.uk/277574/

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