What do you understand by intersectionality and will it be important to your NEC role?
Intersectionality will be at the core of my NEC role. Every decision must ensure that disabled people’s voices are heard, working to increase accessibility and inclusion for every disabled person. But intersectionality is also about understanding how these issues intersect with each other. A disabled autistic woman, may have trouble getting a diagnosis. Therefore we have to make decisions on the NEC to create and shape Labour policy for everyone. So for example, we must make available funding for diagnostic assessments, medical research and development.
Intersectionality is multiple oppressions experienced by people with one or more protected characteristics. It is very important to raise issues of sexism , racism including anti- semitism, homophobia as they interact with disability and disabled people. It will be necessary to break down single issue silos. Support rights of trans people where these do not curtail women’s rights. It is vital that the NEC gives a clear lead on equality issues, especially sexism and violence to women, opposing hate crime, promoting an understanding of racism and its roots in British Imperial history and challenging the racism being promulgated over cross channel refugees.
Intersectionality, is that minority groups such as; gender identity, disability, race, class, religion, colour, sexuality are all linked in their overlapping identities and experiences of oppression, discrimination and disadvantage. It will be extremely important to my NEC role, I firmly believe that the many experiences we have all had, will help in the development of equality, respect for individuality and mutual tolerance within the party.
It can create disadvantage and privilege and it certainly will be important !
Mr George Lindars-Hammond
Intersectionality is the importance of recognising solidarity and shared goals between equality groups. I would want to work with all equality reps on the NEC and beyond to ensure that we raise the importance of equality in the party.
John James Doherty
Is interconnected by categorising into various social groups or organisations which can lead to barriers and creating a feeling of us and them, which would be very important to me bring all members together on an equal basis on understanding disability in bringing all members together.
Intersectionality defines me as a person – a person with a disability. If elected it will of course effect my role, & I would expect to be the voice for disabled members
As a bisexual, disabled woman and mother I strongly believe that if your fight for equality is not intersectional then it means absolutely nothing. The disabled membership is made up of people of all races, genders and sexualities. It is imperative that the disabled rep stand for ALL disabled members.
In the way in which different types of discrimination because of a person’s disability, race, sex etc it’s very important to bring everyone together”
Intersectionality is a theoretical framework for understanding how aspects of a persons indentity combines to create unique modes of discrimination and privilege.
This will be important to my NEC role as I will engage with various groups within the party to understand their individual needs and additional barriers relating to class,race,gender, age and sexuality.
For example someone on a low income may not have internet access and so something like proxy voting would be better at ensuring this person is able to fully participate in party activity.
When forming policies for young and BAME members I will ensure I work collaboratively with the NEC BAME and youth reps to ensure the best possible outcome.
I also have firsthand experience of the class power dynamics that exist in areas such as workplaces and jobcentres and will bear this mind when helping to shape policies for disabled people in these areas.
I understand it to mean an overlapping of soical divides within the class system that exasperates already widening class gaps which makes sucseeding as part of a minority community even more difficult. Therefore intersectionality is vital part of my role as rebalancing this is a vital part of supporting our disabled members to succeed within our party and even more importantly, wider society.
Intersectionality is about our approach to activism and taking into account the differences and similarities between our shared oppressions. This can be multifaceted including, but not limited to, age, gender, religion, sexuality and race.
It will be at the core of my work if I am elected. It was the voices of disabled activists that won the creation of the disabled members’ seat on the NEC, but this was only possible in concert with the voices of other minority members fighting for their own fair representation within our Party.
If I’m elected, I’ll unequivocally support people of colour and other minority groups, against the increasing threats of racism and the far right. I’ll fight to challenge racism within our movement, and push for widespread, well-funded anti-racism education within our structures.
I’ll also stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our LGBTQ+ comrades. Trans people in particular have faced an appalling onslaught of abuse; from the Tory government, the right-wing media and sadly from within the Labour Party itself. We need a strengthened complaints system alongside political education so we can become the party of equality we often claim to be.
It’s only together, in solidarity, that we can transform our Party and our society into one that treats everyone with the decency and the respect that we deserve.