Award winning human rights & trade union campaigner; Author, visual artist, poet, curator, designer & writer
Zita Holbourne is a multi-award winning campaigner for human rights and equality, specialising in gender and race.
She is part of the UNESCO Coalition of Artists for the General History of Africa, plays a leading role in two British Trade Unions as National Vice President of PCS union and joint National Chair of Artists' Union England and is the co-founder and National Chair of BARAC UK.
She is a visual artist and designer, she curates art exhibitions to showcase the creative talents of disadvantaged artists and is the founder and curator of the Roots Culture Identity art exhibition.
Zita has raised funds and coordinated humanitarian aid missions to support those displaced due to persecution, climate poverty and conflict for the past 7 years.
She is a founding member of BAME Lawyers for Justice and BME Lawyers for Grenfell.
She was the National Co-ordinator of the Windrush Day of Action and campaigns for justice for the Windrush Generation.
Zita has spent over two decades building equality structures and initiatives in the UK and internationally.
She is the winner of the National Diversity Awards, Positive Role Model for Race award and in 2019 received a lifetime achievement award for Equality Champion by the Legacy Awards.
She was listed as one of the top 10 Caribbean and African Women of the year and is one of 17 women featured in the award winning book, Here We Stand, Women Changing the World.
She is the author of the book: Striving for Equality, Freedom and Justice published by Hansib Publications and has contributed to over 30 other books including New Daughters of Africa.
Zita has written for numerous journals and publications including The Guardian, The Voice and The Morning Star newspapers and appears regularly on TV and radio news programmes.
Zita us an award winning performance poet and wrote and read a tribute poem at the official UK Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela. Zita is on the board of advisors for charity ACTSA, the successor organisation to the Anti-Apartheid movement. She co curated tours of the Mandela 100 Exhibition.
Zita was invited to give the International Slavery Museum annual Slavery Remembrance lecture in 2020.
She campaigns for equality, freedom, justice and rights through arts and activism.