REDUCING INEQUALITIES THROUGH INTERSECTIONALITY
Human race is beautifully diverse, no two human beings are the same, there are differences in background, cultural, social, economic context, in the way we think, behave, and learn – there are infinite variations and dimensions rolled up in each one of us. There is increased awareness of how our uniqueness define us and for this reason Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) strategies at various unit levels have gained prominence – be it at country level or regional level or at an organizational level. Organizations need to appreciate D&I is a business imperative, getting this right has impact not only on the top line and bottom line but also plays a pivotal part in reducing inequalities in the society at large.
That said, D&I strategy cannot be a ‘one size fits all’ approach because of its complex and nuanced nature. Similarly, siloed-hyper customized strategy is also not possible because of its infinite variations. The key to getting this right is through a concept called ‘Intersectionality’. Intersectionality talks about how multiple dimensions of diversity roll up within a single individual. This paper attempts to provide a framework that organizations can explore to understand and unpack the ‘intersectional points’ – doing this may help in reducing micro and macro inequalities and benefit the organizations and the society at large. Intersectionality is the beginning of the long road to Inclusion.