The Igualtats Connectades (Connected Equalities): Interseccionality in local public plocies” project will explore the application of the intersectional approach in local public policies. Intersectionality has in fact been studied by universities and tested in one-off projects led by public administrations and civil society, but there is little experience of its practical implementation.

This project will develop a pilot scheme to apply the intersectional perspective in the Terrassa City Council structure and activities, in order to effectively implement the principle of equality and non-discrimination in the context of a local administration and in dialogue with civil society.

Outputs will include a collection of international experiences, training for Terrassa City Council staff and people from civil society, local events, an international conference (February 2018) and a toolkit.

Intersectionality theory focuses on addressing the intersection between strands of inequality, taking into account their interaction and interdependence. Different strands of inequality are considered as being interwoven into a matrix in which individuals are constituted in different and changing positions. Emphasis is given to the interaction and interdependence between the strands, understanding that the convergence of them generates new realities and inequalities, which cannot be deduced from the simple sum of the situations treated in isolation. Applying an intersectional approach in public policies appears to be key to generating more inclusive policies in which more social groups and political problems would be accounted for.

The project started on January 1st 2018 and will culminate in an international conference in February 2019. It is co-funded by the European Commission’s DG Justice, Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme, and implemented by the Terrassa City Council, the University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC) and CEPS Projectes Socials.