At the Intersections: Being Queer and of Color - Art, Spirituality, Love & Politics
by Emilia Roig
This panel will explore how art, spirituality, love and politics intersect in the existence and experiences of Black and of Color queer people. How can we link spirituality and politics of liberation in mutually feeding ways? What role can art play in social justice and liberation movements? How can we promote love and acceptance in our communities while at the same time struggling with feelings of anger, frustration and (self-)rejection?
Black women* and women* of Color are experiencing sexism and racism in the workplace due to their gender and their race, ethnicity, religion, name and/or skin color. We routinely experience micro-aggressions, exploitation, harassment, verbal and psychological violence without knowing that many others face similar situations. We often are not equipped to deal with the psychological and emotional burden that they cause and scientific research has shown that women of color and Black women are statistically more prone to depression and mental illness than white women and Black men/men of color.
Ongoing Struggles. Anti-Discrimination Work during the Rise of the Far Right.
by Dr. Emilia Roig
The conference Ongoing Struggles: Anti-Discrimination Work during the Rise of the Far Right will examine developments both in Germany and in other countries and discuss possible counterstrategies: What are the most vital measures to counter structural discrimination and inequality today? What are the particular challenges faced by those active in civil society and politics? And what are the parallels between the German context and others, such as that of the Trump presidency in the USA?
Justitias Dresscode. Judges wearing the Hijab: Neutrality or Intersectionality?
by Dr. Emilia Roig
The state represents itself through its civil servants and the way they dress. However, the state also has an obligation to respect its public officials' civil rights. This also includes the judiciary, which has been faced with a dilemma: can Muslim female judges wear the headscarf while on judicial duty? While opponents argue that the neutrality of the state should be protected, proponents advance the arguments of freedom of religion and equal rights. We ask: what could an intersectional neutrality look like?
CIJ is honored to have been invited to participate in the conference “Afro-feminists and Muslim Feminists: Mirroring Struggles?” held in Brussels on 20 - 21 April 2018. This event was organized by the feminist collective Kahina and their partner collective Bamko as well as the Feminist Circle of the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
The aim of the conference is to celebrate the launch of the Center for Intersectional Justice, recall the story behind this initiative and to provide an opportunity for social justice advocates and activists across Europe to connect.