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For the third year in a row the Hertie Gender Equality Network of the fellows & friends Programme and the Gender, Equality and Sexuality Club of the Hertie School of Governance will host the "Cracking the Ceiling Conference" on 6 April 2019 at the Hertie School of Governance (Friedrichstrasse 180, 10117 Berlin, Germany).

This year’s topic is: "Policy Making in the Era of Intersectionality".

The current state of world politics, namely the rise of the far-right, brings a sense of urgency to protect and promote the rights of minorities. We believe it is necessary to create a space to discuss not only gender inequality but also intersectional discrimination. Intersectionality considers different systems of oppression, and specifically how they overlap and are compounded. Intersectionality comprehends various intertwined characteristics, such as class, race, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, among others. The Conference will mainly touch upon the gender, race and sexual orientation perspectives of intersectionality.

Saturday, 6 April 2019, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - ‘Cracking the Ceiling’ Conference

The Conference will have the following structure:

10:00 - 10:30 Keynote Speech - Dr. Emilia Roig

10:00 - 10:30 Panel discussion: Intersectionality - from Theory to Practice
Dr. Emilia Roig (Center for Intersectional Justice)
Dr. Petra Ahrens (Femina Politica)
Iris Rajanayagam (Xart Splitta)
Vicky Truong (Activist)

Moderator: Dr. Basak Cali.

The panel discussion will centre around how the concept intersectionality can and has been put into practice in policymaking. In the context of the contemporary European society, which is increasingly diverse but also still largely male and white-dominated, special attention should be given to the inclusion of intersectionality in public policies. There is no one better to bring these issues to light than the people themselves. We will count on a diverse set of panelists, such as policy makers, civil society organizers, and individuals. Our objective is to understand to which extent anti-discrimination policies reflect on peoples lives.

12:00 - 13:00 Light Lunch

13:00 - 14:30 Workshops
• Economic Justice and Intersectionality - Dr Inna Michaeli
• How to Mainstream an Intersectional Gender Perspective - Dr Sorcha MacLeod
• Intersectionality at the Workplace - "WePerspective
• Gender, Sexuality and Religion - (tbc)

14:30 - 15:00 Coffee break

15:00 - 16:00 Concluding remarks

Current Agenda (PDF)

In case of questions about the conference, please contact Ms. Andrea Garcia Borja.


6. April 2019, 10:00 Uhr
6. April 2019, 16:00 Uhr
Hertie Gender Equality Network (HGEN)
Hertie School of Governance
Friedrichstrasse 180
10117 Berlin

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