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May 14, 2006

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Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW)

CRIAW is a national non-profit research institute whose work centres on
making the links between feminist research, action and social change.
Its main objective is to advance social justice and equality for all women.

May 14, 2006

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CRIAW Press Release

May 11, 2006


Ottawa. The Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW) announces the publication of its critical reflection piece Intersectional Feminist Frameworks: An Emerging Vision.
This publication is the result of over two years of conversations with community activists and academics on the intersectionality of various inequalities experienced by historically marginalized groups.

“This critical reflection piece raises key question on why in Canada, a country with so many resources, Aboriginal women, women with disabilities, lone mothers and senior women, among others, are overrepresented among the poor and whose voices are increasingly silenced,” says CRIAW Executive Director, Lise Martin. “CRIAW produced this critical reflection piece because it believes that alternative approaches such as intersectional feminist frameworks are urgently needed in our struggles for social and economic justice.”

In Canada, women’s social and economic inequality is deepening for some women more than others. While gender inequality has provided some answers to this deepening inequality, alternative frameworks are needed. “Intersectional feminist frameworks examine how factors including socio-economic status, race, class, gender, sexualities among others, combine with colonialism and globalization to simultaneously determine inequalities among individuals and groups,” says Jo-Anne Lee, CRIAW past president.

This publication informs women’s and social justice organizations in exploring ways of bringing diverse women’s voices into the centre of research and action. “This critical reflection piece provides an emerging lens to review public policies, such as immigration and labour policies, as well as internal policies and ethics of social justice organizations,” says Marie Katherine Waller, Research Coordinator.

Rethinking Mainstream Approaches to Questions of Social and Economic Policy: Intersectional Feminist Frameworks (IFFs)
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Working to Integrate Marginalized Women's Voices
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Intersectional Feminist Frameworks (IFFs) Think Tank Report
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Intersectional Feminist Frameworks (IFFs) Critical Reflection Piece
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Intersectional Feminist Frameworks: An emerging vision
This critical reflection piece is a social change resource that aims to provide social justice organizations with a deeper understanding of the intersectionality experienced by historically marginalized groups. In particular, the reflection piece brings to the forefront the discussion of Intersectional Feminist Frameworks (IFFs) for marginalized women who are disproportionately experiencing poverty and exclusion in systemic, institutional, and individual ways. IFFs take into account the differential impact of policies and practices on different groups of women because of their race, class, disability, sexual orientation, refugee or immigrant status and age. It takes into account the full diversity of women and the intersectionality of various characteristics, the global economic and social forces affecting women’s equality and national policy-making.

Disentangling the Web of Women’s Poverty and Exclusion!
This information tool reveals that the issues affecting women’s poverty and exclusion are deeply interconnected in creating a web of economic insecurity and marginalization. The lens of Intersectional feminist frameworks (IFFs) is crucial in disentangling this web and in bringing about social change. Disentangling the web is not enough. Solutions and strategies to achieve social and economic justice must be explored and implemented if we are to build stronger movements to strengthen civil society’s capacity to influence policy. This information tool is about making the voices of activists and advocates being at the forefront of the work for social change and women’s substantive equality.

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