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Inequity within gender: Dealing with bigotry and racism

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Anjum Rahman examines the ways in which structural discrimination and power imbalances are evident within the activist agenda.

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Winter Lecture Series 2020 - Inequity within gender: Dealing with bigotry and racism

Anjum Rahman

Work towards gender equity often benefits one demographic, rather than gender diverse, racially diverse and religiously diverse people. As an example, pay equity campaigns often fail to include the ethnic pay gap. Structural discrimination and power imbalances within society are mirrored within the activist agenda. Dominant group discourses oppress sub-groups and leave little space for them to articulate and advocate for equity within gender.

Fighting for gender equity as Muslim women is fraught because of the wider context of hateful rhetoric, negative public perceptions and a lack of recognition for our own agency. Diversity, inclusion and representation must be more than superficial concepts.

The Inclusive Aotearoa Collective is working to change the way we think and work, to ensure a wider and more meaningful sense of belonging for everyone.

Anjum Rahman is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit and political and human rights activist who sits on the boards of Shama Hamilton Ethnic Women Centre, the Waikato Community Broadcasting Charitable Trust, the Islamic Women's Council of New Zealand, and the Ethnic New Zealand Trust.

Following the March 15 2019 Christchurch mosque attacks, Anjum initiated the Inclusive Aotearoa Collective, a community-led initiative to combat discrimination. Anjum has also worked in the prevention of sexual violence, as a founding member of the Hamilton Campaign for Consent and through work with ACC.

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