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.
Intersectionality in Europe: a depoliticized concept?
by Dr. Emilia Roig
CIJ's Executive Director Dr. Emilia Roig questions in this article written for the Völkerrechtsblog whether intersectionality has lost its political meaning and transformative power in Europe. She claims that "the gradual erasure of race from intersectionality by European feminist scholars has had far-reaching consequences for the fight for racial justice in Europe. It has classified “intersectionality” as a sub-discipline of gender studies and feminism, leaving out the political claims of racialized women."
CIJ's Associated Expert and Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute Cengiz Barskanmaz elaborates in this article written for the Völkerrechtsblog how the framing of race in the German context is intrinsically linked to the legal responses to race-based discrimination and inequality. He argues that we need to reframe the way we think and analyse race and law in Europe in order to promote effective legal protection against racial discrimination and other related forms of discrimination.
Crisis Politics and the Challenge of Intersectional Solidarity
by Prof. Akwugo Emejulu
CIJ's Associated Expert Professor Akwugo Emejulu brilliantly discusses the challenges attached to the practice of intersectional solidarity. She analyses the impact of austerity measures on women of colour and their strategies of resistance in Scotland, England, and France.
The Center for Intersectional Justice (CIJ) is looking for an Assistant Director to work closely with the Executive Director towards expanding our activities, realizing our objectives, allocating resources appropriately and ensuring the financial stability of the organization. If you are passionate about and committed to social justice and approach issues through an intersectional lens, have a sharp analytical mind, are highly motivated and have a strong sense of initiative and ownership in your work, you may be a good match!
Critical Race Theory: Une introduction aux grands textes fondateurs.
by Najwa Magot
CIJ's Associated Experts Prof. Hourya Bentouhami and Prof. Mathias Möschel launched the first book on Critical Race Theory in French. Executive Director Dr. Emilia Roig contributed to the book with a text on colorblindness and affirmative action in the French context.
The Racialization of Sexual Violence in Germany: Intersectional Politics in a Post-feminist Era
by Stefanie Boulila, Associated Expert
CIJ's Associated Expert Stefanie C. Boulila co-authored with Christiane Carri an article on the racialization of sexual violence in Germany. They explain why it is detrimental to feminist agendas at large. They contend that "Cologne illustrated the difficulty of addressing systemic injustices in a climate that is both committed to the post-feminist contention that sexism is a reminiscence of a past and that anti-racism is a distraction from ‘the real dangers’ that immigration brings about."
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.