Intersectionality

At the heart of EUR’s approach to address the dimensions and challenges is the concept of intersectionality. This is a sociological theory about how an individual can face multiple threats of discrimination when their identities overlap a number of minority classes, such as race, gender, age, ethnicity, health and other characteristics.

For example, a woman may be excluded based on race from jobs designated for women; at the same time, they may be excluded from jobs reserved for men. In effect, these women are specifically excluded as minority or ethnic women because there is no role for applicants with their ethno-racial and gendered profile.

Consequently, it is important to pay attention to all these dimensions together, and not to give specific focus onto just one aspect. This is especially true in how we communicate, making sure that we are respectful to the multiple identities of our stakeholders.

Regardless, being able to succinctly identify the problems to target and the correct social groups in which to communicate effectively with, always begins with taking a considered evidence-based approach. This inevitably starts with taking a robust evaluation of our current organisational position in all these facets. Primarily though the consistent and regular acquisition and use of data.