The Center for Intersectional Justice is an independent nonprofit organisation based in Berlin dedicated to advancing equality and justice for all by combating intersecting forms of structural inequality and discrimination in Europe.
what we do
We bring a paradigmatic shift to anti-discrimination and equality policy at national and European levels and bridge the gap between scholarly research and policymaking on issues of systemic inequality and discrimination. CIJ seeks to influence the public discourse and impact on policymaking through direct advocacy, research and policy advice, as well as publications on issues related to intersectional discriminations based on race, gender, class and all other systems of oppression which sustain inequality. We cover a wide array of policy areas, ranging from employment, education, migration and asylum, to health and the securitization of European states.
European legal systems are currently blind towards intersectional discrimination. We actively engage with policy- and lawmakers at national and European levels to improve the legal and policy framework on anti-discrimination and equal opportunity. We push for the urgent legal and policy changes which can help create an enabling framework to effectively combat intersectional discrimination and inequalities. Through our advocacy efforts, we hold governments and public bodies accountable for their implementation of equal treatment and human rights commitments. We provide decision-makers with practical policy advice and recommendations to improve anti-discrimination legislation and equal opportunity policies across all dimensions of discrimination.
Intersectional discrimination is hard to uncover because the people affected by it are usually part of larger - already marginalized - groups. Our policy-oriented research identifies, analyses and exposes instances of intersectional discrimination, as well as monitors existing laws and policies. Through our network of renowned experts and partner academic institutions, we combine policy relevance with high-quality research and bridge the gap between theory and practice. We infuse an intersectional perspective into policymaking and implementation by translating our research findings into practical input aimed at governmental bodies, law-enforcement agencies, NGOs and courts at European and national levels.
The concept of intersectionality is widely discussed in the academic sphere but its practical implementation remains unclear. We seek to bridge this gap by clarifying and deepening the understanding of intersectionality from a policy-oriented perspective. Experts and practitioners come together to provide insights into the theoretical meaning and practical use of intersectionality and to discuss their real-life implications. Our event series are designed for people involved in the development and implementation of anti-discrimination and equal opportunity policies in governmental and non-governmental bodies. We also welcome individual social justice advocates willing to deepen their understanding of intersectionality.
why it is important
After decades of anti-discrimination and equality policy, too little progress has been made. This needs to change. There is an urgency to act in the face of current political developments bringing insecurity, further marginalization and an erosion of rights for people affected by systemic discrimination in Europe. All forms of systemic inequality are interconnected, interdependent and mutually reinforcing, and only when they are addressed simultaneously can we achieve long-lasting progress.
how it started
Systemic inequalities are crippling our European societies. The limitations of existing anti-discrimination and equality policies in European countries should be addressed now. The realisation that our networks are a goldmine of innovative ideas and approaches in the field of social justice prompted the creation of CIJ to intensify connections, strengthen strategies, coordinate action and boost effectiveness when dealing with politically sensitive issues such as systemic inequality and discrimination. We believe that we can achieve much more when we pool our efforts together.