Intersectionality

Adolescent girl, with a hearing impairment, who is the head of her household in Debre Tabor, Ethiopia.

The Gender Equality and Social Inclusion team has a long-standing focus on the norms, practices, structures and institutions that intersect with one another to contribute to marginalisation and inequality.

Our work has focused particularly on issues of class, age, race and ethnicity, (dis)ability, sexual orientation and gender identity and the ways they intersect with gender norms to affect experience, life chances and realisation of rights.

Recent work has included a focus on gender and ageing, anti-discrimination policies and programmes to address a range of inequalities and work on the intersection of gender norms with issues of sexuality and gender identity. The GAGE programme has mainstreamed disability throughout all its primary and secondary research. A new ALIGN workstream explores the role of social movements in changing discriminatory norms with a particular focus on gender, race and ethnicity.