Selected for her track record in raising the profile of the plight of one of the most marginalized groups in the UK, MacAttram has been noted in this Power List for her ground breaking work in changing public perception around the debate on black people and mental illness.
Ranked as social activists MacAttram is also commended for her leading role in a three year campaign to ensure the removal of the innocent DNA from Briton’s National Criminal DNA database, which is an issue that affects large sections of sections of innocent people from the UK’s African Caribbean communities.
As much an educational tool as it is an accolade of the achievements of black women across the continent, Black Women in Europe™: Power List is likely to be a benchmark for black female achievement for many years to come.
The list includes 58 women in Europe in six categories. The categories are business, lifestyle, media, politics, social entrepreneurs and NGOs. This year’s Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2010 were chosen from nominations from the general public and editor Adrianne George and co-editor Mark Derek McCullough based on their achievements and sphere of influence.
‘When Michelle Obama was named the most powerful woman in the world this year I noticed that of the 6 other black women on the list none of them lived in Europe. So I was inspired to create ‘a list of our own’ Adrianne George editor of Black Women in Europe’s Power List said.
It is an honour to be included in the Black Women in Europe’s Power List 2010. This list is a reflection of the changing face of Europe. The authors have managed to identify high achievers who are doing amazing work which is based less on tradition and titles but more on creative influence and that is where the work of Black Mental Health UK lies.
I find it so inspiring read about so many other black women breaking through many of the gender and racial barriers that in previous years would not have been thought possible.’ Matilda MacAttram said.