Intersectional feminism describes how overlapping identities (such as gender, race, language, class, ability and sexual orientation) impact how people experience oppression, power and discrimination.
You may be wondering about our name – the City for All Women Initiative. CAWI started out with a focus on women. But as intersectional feminists, we want to make Ottawa better for everyone. This means lifting up people at the intersections of various forms of oppression. Our focus therefore includes women, girls, non-binary and gender-non-conforming people.
Our work is intersectional in many ways. For example, our advocacy on the City’s Official Plan in 2022 brought about language changes that’ll result in more equitable policies. We also developed an Intersectional Feminist Recovery Toolkit for municipalities.
We want intersectional feminism to shape not just our work but how we work. As a team, we’ve committed to shaping our internal structures and systems around our values of intersectionality, decolonialism, anti-racism, anti-oppression and grassroots inclusion.