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A multi-strand approach to promoting equalities and human rights in policy making

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New European Union policy is to be subject to equality impact assessment for all strands of inequality and multiple discrimination (European Commission, 2006). This article discusses research that tested a gender mainstreaming model for its ability to reveal intersectional inequalities. The resulting collaborative multi-strand model situates intersectional enquiry at a structural level, enables the integration of equalities and human rights approaches and supports prioritisation without reductively homogenising 'strand' specific inequalities. This is a step towards intersectional working. Gaining satisfactory intersectional evidence will require improved quantitative data collection, the revaluing of qualitative data, and collaborative working between 'equality makers and policy makers'.
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Keywords: CROSS-STRAND WORKING; INTERSECTIONALITY; MAINSTREAMING OR PROMOTING EQUALITY

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2010

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