Gender, Faith and Development: Rethinking the Boundaries of Intersectionality

Robyn Kennedy
Kirsty Nowlan

The aim of this article is to contribute to conversations on the issue of intersectionality by investigating the contribution that the identity marker of faith makes to the practice and discourse of development. Our approach is to examine the experience of Australian non-government organisations (NGOs) working in international aid and development. However, we believe the views we express to be equally relevant to local and national NGOs whose focus is community development. It is important to establish at the outset that we do not seek to offer any definitive descriptive or normative conclusions about the role of faith in development or its relationship to other identity markers. Rather, we have been prompted to offer this tentative contribution by what we regard as the omission of faith from contemporary conversations around intersectionality in the context of development. Other forms of identity, for example gender, race and/or ethnicity and class are acknowledged and ever present in the scholarship on intersectionality. We believe it is important to place some of the issues surrounding faith ‘on the table’, in order to provoke further reflection and deepen the debate and understanding around these issues.

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Submitted by Toksave
March 23, 2021
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