about

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.

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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.

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Advocacy

We advocate for the legal recognition of intersectional discrimination and the adoption of effective policy measures to curb it at national and European levels.

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.

Research

We research and monitor the hidden effects of specific laws and policies and analyse the processes of intersectional discrimination and structural inequalities.

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.

Training

We provide learning opportunities around the concept of intersectionality through lectures, discussions, roundtables and workshops to promote its practical use in policy and law.

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.

core values

Audacious

We strive for equality. This entails taking risks and challenging the status quo. We do not shy away from difficult conversations as we believe they can lead to positive change. We commit to engaging in the public debate with integrity and respect.

Independent

We are an independent non-partisan organisation that is not affiliated with any political party, government entity or religion. We see ourselves as part of a large web of diverse organisations and individuals pursuing the same goal. We value collaboration, dialogue and synergies.

Intersectional

We believe that all forms of injustices are interconnected and that they should be addressed simultaneously. Social justice can only be achieved if protective laws and policies are truly inclusive and reach everyone. We promote inter- and intra-community solidarity and reject any form of divisive politics.

Practical

We directly engage with grassroots communities, practitioners from civil society, governments, and the private sector to inform our work, orient our action and expand our impact. We act strategically and deploy the necessary means to achieve our long-term overall goal.

Transnational

We believe our action achieves its full impact if we address injustices and extend our solidarity beyond borders. The systems of inequality we tackle operate globally and their effects are transnational. OSo is our action must be transnational as well. We promote exchange, learning and unity across Europe and beyond.

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.

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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.

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