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. We envision a world free of systemic oppression in which each individual has access to resources, voice, power and safety. Such a world will only emerge if structural, institutional and historical barriers that have led to marginalization, invisibilization and lack of access and opportunity for minority groups, including women, People of Color and Black people, religious minorities, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQI+ community, working class people, are addressed. At CIJ, we are committed to making visible and gradually dismantling the global hierarchies which continue to place some groups above others, to allow the equitable, fair and non-oppressive treatment of all people.

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.

If you wish to learn more about our ongoing projects, do not hesitate to contact us!

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. So is our action. 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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join us

CIJ provides stimulating and engaging opportunities to address discrimination, inequality and injustice in Europe through advocacy, research and policy analysis. We are looking for critical thinkers and problem solvers with strong analytical, communication and interpersonal skills. If you are dedicated and passionate about intersectional justice, CIJ could be a good fit.

CIJ embraces difference and strives for equality. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, identities and perspectives. The more inclusive we are, the better we can accomplish our mission. We encourage people who are personally affected by structural/systemic discrimination to apply.

as a student intern

We welcome student interns to learn about the inner-workings of the Center for Intersectional Justice, gaining insight into advocacy, campaigning, research, strategic use of the law and policy analysis. We offer a highly stimulating, open, and creative working environment with flexible working hours. Interns must be enrolled in a university program, and be undertaking the internship as part of their academic requirements. Interns should also be funded through a grant or university scholarship program e.g. Erasmus.

To apply, please complete this form (here) including your resume. Applications will be considered starting in October 2021for internships .

as an alexander von humboldt fellow

CIJ welcomes Alexander von Humboldt Fellows. As a host institution, CIJ provides an outstanding hands-on, policy-oriented learning environment as well as an extensive network of researchers working on intersectional issues in Europe and internationally.

To apply, please visit theĀ Alexander von Humboldt Foundation website.

Please also complete this form (here) including your resume, statement of purpose.

as an erasmus young entrepreneur

CIJ welcomes applications under the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs program. As a host institution, CIJ provides hands on experience in developing a non-profit organization, and policy advocacy work on intersectional issues in Europe and internationally.

To apply, please visit theĀ Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs website.

Please also complete this form (here) including your resume, statement of purpose.