pursuing justice

your liberation is bound up in mine...

DAYLIGHT's takes an intersectional approach to promoting social justice.  Intersectionality recognizes that we need not sacrifice aspects of our identity in pursing justice.  Instead, the multiple lenses of race, gender, sexuality, ability, and others must inform and define our understanding of what real justice looks like. In the words of Lilla Watson, an aboriginal elder, "If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time.  But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together." DAYLIGHT embraces this ethic in all of its work.

Racial Justice

defining diversity.

Enduring patterns of behavior and exclusion, including structural factors, have resulted in enduring individual and structural racism and ongoing racial injustice.  Breaking painful and powerful legacies of racism requires clear and transparent strategies, overt communication and discourse, and dedication.  However, the benefits of diversity include enhanced productivity, team-building, and innovation.  Meaningful diversity and inclusion benefits everyone.

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Women and Children

dismantling patriarchy.

We see systemic abuse and discrimination toward women and children in the name of patriarchy everywhere. DAYLIGHT has worked in the United States and internationally to address ongoing gender-based violence (GBV) and child sexual abuse. Despite decades of intervention globally, rates of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and child sexual abuse remain high (and stable) in the developed and developing countries.  DAYLIGHT embraces a transformative justice approach, which looks at engaging and building community-based approaches to justice.  DAYLIGHT's work starts with respect for local values, using them focus on building change with reference to local priorities and community norms. DAYLIGHT's work in this area also includes promoting women's access and equality.  Contact us.

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Sexuality and Gender Identity

busting binaries.

Sexual and gender diversity exists everywhere and is expressed locally in a variety of important and valid ways.  Enhancing the agency, protecting the human rights, and capacity-building for people with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities is an important individual, community, and civil society endeavor. It is also a significant focus of legal and policy form domestically and internationally. Having worked on sexual orientation and gender in the United States and internationally, including in developing and post-conflict nations, the DAYLIGHT approach is explicitly sensitive to local environments, respectful, and inclusive of indigenous leaders and activists, and considerate of local cultural contexts.

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