March 2021


We have recently been doing more work in the space of Intersectionality. As a practitioner working many years in Diversity & Inclusion, it is interesting to observe the ways in which the area is evolving and the different approaches that are being incorporated to better understand, frame and apply the D&I principles. The term and theory of Intersectionality has been around for at least 30 years. It emerged in the US when lawyer Kimberle Crenshaw used the theory to describe the way hiring practices at General Motors favoured white women in administration and black men in assembly but effectively discriminated against black women. Intersectionality addresses the intersecting layers of our identity that can be visible or invisible that can lead to marginalisation. In terms of modern applications, it is a useful tool when applied to policy, equity and access. It also provides an opportunity to explore the elements of privilege and oppression that are sometimes not apparent. This impacts on the systems and structures throughout our society and often gets missed when attempting to navigate Diversity and Inclusion.

To quote Crenshaw, “Treating different things the same can generate as much inequality as treating the same things differently.”

Hence the need to employ an intersectional view to investigate how different groups through their diversity and layers, can be impacted by seemingly standardised approaches to all aspects of life and society.
In what ways are you able to apply the intersectional approach to your own work and life that may bring about more inclusion and openness to diversity?


Book Recommendation:


Curious About Culture, Gaiti Rabbani

Curious about Culture is a new addition to the current literature on cultural understanding. Gaiti Rabbani shares the personal stories and theoretical frameworks that she applies to improving Cultural Intelligence (CQ). She applies a lived experience approach to developing curiosity about cultural differences and similarities.

Curious about Culture invites readers on a journey of introspection to discover the multitude of cultural influences that shape their view of the world.

Improving cross-cultural engagement starts with understanding yourself. You will uncover your own cultural drivers that will help you cultivate meaningful cross-cultural conversations.

Whether you are on a journey of self-reflection or wish to influence others, this book will help you to understand your own cultural narrative and better connect with people of other cultural backgrounds.