In honor of Women’s History Month, Independent Sector will highlight messages of “EmpowHERment Through Intersectional Equity,” a weeklong educational series that is designed to elevate intersectional inequities impacting BIPOC women through the promotion of equitable policy tools, platforms, and resources. Every policy solution either reinforces or challenges inequitable systems and can have long-term consequences when developed without specific attention to the internal and external factors that support identify formation. Join us March 22-26 to learn how to apply an intersectional equity lens to your policy work.
Daily Resources to Support EmpowHERment Through Intersectional Equity
Additional tools and resources to support your advocacy efforts can be accessed in the Equitable Policy Resource Guide.
Resources for the Week
Monday, March 22:
“Intersectional Equity,” a term coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw of the African American Policy Forum, asserts that Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) are often disadvantaged by multiple and interconnected sources of oppression that compound historical patterns of exclusion. In Crenshaw’s “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence against Women of Color” she underscores how social identities, such as race, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, marital status, religion, ability, age, citizenship, and other characteristics interconnect in dynamic ways.
Tuesday, March 23:
Ten Principles of Disability Justice: The objective of the resource is to support participants in their commitment to an intersectional political analysis that centralizes people of color and integrates disability oppression as a component of a justice-based analysis of current conditions. This framework will provide insight surrounding the political framing of disability, examine its relationship to gender-based and racial oppression, and explore a counter-narrative where all bodies and communities are valued.
Wednesday, March 24:
Race Equity & Justice Initiative Toolkit: Organizational Assessment Tool that any organization, regardless of where they are beginning their equity work, can conduct to understand how their organizations are currently operating. The Assessment introduces five dimensions of race equity work: 1) Securing Organizational Commitment; 2) Creating an Equitable Organizational Culture;3) Recruiting, Hiring, & Retaining a Diverse Workforce; 4) Developing Accountability to and Partnership with Communities of Color; and 5) Applying an Anti-Racist Lens to Programs, Advocacy, & Decision-Making.
Thursday, March 25:
Tribal Equity Toolkit: Comprehensive toolkit that includes tribal resolutions and codes to support two spirit and LGBT justice in Indian Country.
Friday, March 26:
Intersectionality Tool for Gender & Economic Justice: Analytical tool for studying, understanding, and responding to the ways in which gender intersects with other identities and how these intersections contribute to unique experiences of oppression and privilege.