Intersectional feminism: what it means and why it matters right now

Valdecir Nascimento. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown
Sonia Maribel Sontay Herrera. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown
Majandra Rodriguez Acha. Photo: UN Women/Amanda Voisard

The impacts of crises are not uniform.

Countries and communities around the world are facing multiple, compounding threats. While the sets of issues vary from place to place, they share the effect of magnifying pre-existing needs such as housing, food, education, care, employment, and protection.

Matcha Phorn-in. Photo: UN Women/Pathumporn Thongking.

Injustices must not go unnamed or unchallenged.

Looking through an intersectional feminist lens, we see how different communities are battling various, interconnected issues, all at once. Standing in solidarity with one another, questioning power structures, and speaking out against the root causes of inequalities are critical actions for building a future that leaves no one behind.

A new ‘normal’ must be fair for all.

Because crises lay bare the structural inequalities that shape our lives, they are also moments of big resets — catalysts for rebuilding societies that offer justice and safety to everyone. They provide a chance to redefine ‘normal’ rather than return to business as usual.



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