Intersectionality means taking into account a broad range of differences that affect people's position in society.

Intersectionality recognizes that individuals may experience multiple forms of oppression and discrimination simultaneously, and in relation to each other, based on their social identities such as race, gender, sexual orientation, class, origin, and ability. These identities intersect and interact with each other in complex ways, leading to unique experiences and challenges for individuals who hold multiple marginalized identities. These combine to create intersecting forms of privilege and oppression depending on a person’s context and existing power structures such as patriarchy, ableism, colonialism, imperialism, homophobia, and racism.

Intersectionality highlights the need to consider the ways in which different forms of discrimination and privilege intersect and affect individuals’ experiences, and to create more inclusive and equitable systems and structures that take into account these complexities. Intersectional approach is necessary to promote a society of equality and equity.

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UnWomen Intersectionality Resource Guide and Toolkit