Equality and intersectionality event guidelines

All event chairs, contributors, and participants are asked to observe these guidelines.


What is Intersectionality?

This term comes from Black feminism and is now used by decision makers, researchers and service providers in various ways. In general, intersectionality is about the relationship between different inequalities, including structures, identities, experiences, and approaches to equality work that reflect the ‘intersection’ of different inequalities (referred to as ‘protected characteristics’ in the Equality Act 2010).


At this event we will be sharing ideas for how to use ideas of intersectionality in equalities work. We want to focus on how research, campaigns, and services are organised and delivered with intersecting inequalities and identities in mind.


Can I speak freely?

Intersectionality can be a difficult topic to discuss, especially for those of us who are intersectionally marginalised. We hope that today we will have a robust debate. Following these guidelines will help our discussions have a positive impact for people with intersecting identities.


  • We ask that you treat all other participants at the event with respect even if your views are different. If you disagree with someone please address their point of view and not them personally.
  • Please focus on ideas for work.
  • Try to actively listen to other people, especially those with lived experience of the issues.
  • Avoid making assumptions about other people, including about their disability, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or trans status.
  • We recognise that people are all at different stages of awareness about the issues and ask everyone to be understanding about this.
  • If you feel able to correct people calmly and politely please do so. If someone corrects you please try to listen and not take it as a personal attack.
  • We will not tolerate any language or behaviour which is racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic or ableist.