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No, intersectionality is not a replacement for the word ‘diversity’ and should not be used as such. Having a diverse range of people from all backgrounds in a room and diverse minds making decisions is incredibly important. But intersectionality is more about: assessing how the decisions in the room are made; what these decisions are; whether critical analysis of systems and multiple discriminations is taking place; and (because our focus is women and girls) consideration on how women who are at the precipice of these discriminations are likely to be impacted by the decision.

Intersectional thinking and analysis can also contribute to people from diverse backgrounds getting into the room to make the decisions in the first place.