|Collation of Paper on Women’s Intersectionality 2002|
This publication reproduces the papers developed in August 2001 for two APWLD workshops held at the NGO Forum for the World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Other forms of Related Intolerance, in Durban, South Africa.
The first set of papers are prepared by writers from Sri Lanka, Philippines, Burma, India and Indonesia, who write of the impact of intersectional discrimination on women in the Asia Pacific. The second set of papers, are prepared by women from Dalit communities in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal, who write of the barriers they face as Dalit women, while celebrating the achievements they had made in spite of these barriers.
It is a useful handbook that elaborates on what the concept of 'intersectionality' is, how it relates to women's human rights, and the forms it takes for women in situations of armed conflict, for Dalit women, for refugees and migrants from Burma. "Not all women are oppressed and/or subjugated in the same way at the same time or to the same extent, even within the same society, at any specific moment."(Nira Yuval-Davis, 1997, Gender and Nation)
"An intersectional analysis of discrimination and oppression … enhances our capabilities [to protect] women's rights … [it] not only transforms our understanding of an issue and our strategies for dealing with them, but also changes our methodologies for gathering information and data on situations of oppression and subordination of women…
An intersectional analysis affirms our need to struggle against multiple forms of discrimination if we are to achieve equality, dignity and justice for all…" (Sunila Abeyesekera, INFORM, Sri Lanka)
Published: by APWLD, 2002
Funded by UNIFEM
Cost: USD5.00 (not including postage for outside of Asia Pacific region)