August 2016 - Intersectionality

Perspectives on intersectionality

This webzine edition looks at intersectionality and its implications for anti-racism and other movements.

Questioning intersectionality

In this brief essay I want to contribute to the Marxist-feminist analysis of the concept of “intersectionality.” How is it defined? How is it used? Do we see the widespread use of this concept as a progressive advance in the realms both of scholarship and activism? Or is it a reactionary, misleading and dangerous retreat from Marxist analysis? [2]

’My struggle is your struggle’: Creating a convergence of struggles across anti-discrimination movements

Intersectionality is deeply connected with convergence of struggles. This concept is not new but still needs to be properly implemented by anti-discrimination movements. What are the keys to build convergence of struggles? Why is it needed and are there any relevant examples?

The urgent needs of Black women in movements

When it comes to discussing different movements, the role of women is often overlooked. As a result, many names of women who have contributed to political and social change are left unknown, while the names of men parade in our history books. A renowned example is the Civil Rights Movement, which has been criticised for erasing the work of women but has now acknowledged that women were the backbone of that movement. As current Black movements are rising in Europe, how can we avoid making the same mistake of forgetting the contribution of women, and not making their needs secondary?

Intersectionality: at the core of the women’s movement’s past, present and future

The European Women’s Lobby gives a feminist perspective on intersectionality and explains how it applies an intersectional approach in its own work.

Multi-dimensional discrimination: Justice for the whole person

The way discrimination is dealt with has evolved. Previously, discrimination was addressed through a single ground approach, thereby ignoring the reality of complex identities (woman and Black and economically disadvantaged, etc). Since Kimberlé Crenshaw’s study on intersectionality it is now clear that one individual can embody several identities, thus increasing the risk of being discriminated. In this article, Gay Moon focuses on how current EU legislation takes intersectional discrimination into account and how it should evolve in the future.

How can the EU address multiple discrimination?

Member of European Parliament Malin Björk (Sweden, GUE group) gives her views on what the EU and European Parliament can do to address multiple discrimination.

Hybrid gender and cultural identities: double culture as a strength?

In the current historical and political context, how do sexual identities and identity representations develop within diaspora societies and communities who are subject to the – sometimes positive – tensions that are inherent to cultural intersections?

Intersectionality in practice: ENAR’s Forgotten Women project

The “Forgotten Women” project was launched by ENAR earlier this year and aims at highlighting the disproportionate effect of Islamophobia on Muslim women. The research published as part of this project focuses on 8 European countries and gives for the first time an overview of the situation of Muslim women in the areas of employment and hate crime.