The Feminist Intersectional Approach:
Since its foundation, CALACS has opted for a feminist intervention approach that aims at direct support for women subjected to sexual assault, along with prevention and action for social justice. This approach has now taken a distinctly intersectional direction.
The Eastern LSL CALACS believes that intersectional analysis (Crenshaw, 1989) allows us to see, recognize, understand and fight the various systems that oppress women (patriarchy, capitalism, colonialism, etc.). These systems of oppression are mutually reinforcing, which leads to the exclusion and marginalization of women. To have intersectional practices is to promote inclusive practices, which means working in collaboration with women living with multiple forms of oppression (sexism, heterosexism, racism, classism, ableism, ageism, etc.), fostering a caring and sensitive dialogue with them. They are the experts on their own experiences. Their voices, along with those of the caseworkers, broaden our view and allow us to focus on all women, to act and interact by including different perspectives.
Taking these intersections into account allows us to act on the inequalities experienced by marginalized groups of women and to adapt our services, our workplaces and our advocacy groups so that they are accessible to all women. This involves empowerment and critical posture development in order to evolve in ever-changing work environments that encourage questioning, training and involvement for all, in order to be better allies for all women.