Intersectionality in Development


What is ‘intersectionality’? Why is intersectional analysis important in development? According to AWID’s article, ” As with all approaches and tools, the usefulness and impact of intersectionality will depend on how it is used”: How can we use intersectionality to achieve gender equality and social justice?

What does the term ‘Dalit’ mean? What are some of the challenges Dalit women when engaging in feminist politics in India?

In what ways has COVID 19 affected Dalit communities? What recommendations does the IDSN statement make for addressing the impact of COVID-19 on Dalit communities?

Browse the web-pages of AWID ( and FRIDA and tell us about the work of one of these organizations. Why have you chosen this organization? how relevant are its activities to the concepts we have been discussing in class so far?


Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID). 2004. Intersectionality: A Tool for Gender and Economic Justice. Women’s Rights and Economic Change. No. 9, August.

(also, please browse AWID’s page and learn about the strategies and programs of this organization).

FRIDA. N.D. Young Feminist Voices: Dalit Woman Speaks

International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN). 2020 (March 27). Saving lives by preventing discrimination in COVID-19 relief.

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