Intersectional 8th March is an event initiated by E-Romnja in 2017 that aims to contribute to an inclusive agenda in both the feminist and Roma environment, bringing into question experiences that women from different ethnic, sexual groups, or communities go through. The term Intersectionality in Feminist Ideology was first used by Kimberly Creenshaw to demonstrate that black women experience a different kind of discrimination against black men or white women.
What do we want to accomplish? We want to create a common framework to understand the identities, privileges, and oppression of Roma women and other groups with which we intersect in our work.
We start from the premise that the oppression of women has several faces, and the answer lies not only in the patriarchy but also in the power relationships created between different women of different classes, systems created by groups, power relations inside/outside groups, between our identities and how all these intersect.
But in our experience, such topics are never prioritized for various reasons: from splitting the public agenda to invoking the lack of financial resources or trifles of the subject.
Themes addressed at our events:
→ Oppressive systems and ways of organizing Roma women in communities and with allies on intersectionality issues;
→ Roma feminism between the anti-racist and feminist struggle;
→ The LGBT+ community and intersection with the Roma community;
→ The 100 Roma Women's Campaign for the Centenary in which we wanted to see the contributions of Roma women in different fields and areas of action;
→ How did we stay out of history? A discussion on the experiences of Roma women’s invisibility about the gender dimension in the context of political and social changes of the Roma minority.
credit foto: Inquam Photos Octav Ganea, Libertatea, Georgiana Lincan, George Călin, Ioana Chițu, Cristina Matei, Cristina Adam.