The “Problem” Woman of Colour in NonProfit Organizations

The Woman of Colour in Nonprofit Organizations

COCo discovered an earlier version of this tool, which depicts a common experience for women of colour (and especially Black women) working in the nonprofit sector, a couple of years ago. The diagram, which was originally developed in the 1990s in the United States, really struck us. It spoke to many of the stories employees in the nonprofit sector had told us about their own experience; it also told the ‘story’ of much of the data we were reading, not to mention the data we were collecting ourselves as part of our Diversité d’Abord research project.

In the coming months, we will be releasing our own extensive research into the question of racism in the nonprofit sector. In the meantime, there has been so much interest in this tool that we felt it was time to make it publicly available.

A few notes

We adapted this tool with permission from the Safehouse Progressive Alliance for NonViolence. One of the changes we made was to have the “woman of colour” be represented as wearing a hijab. While we understand that women who wear hijab can have many different racial backgrounds, we felt that this image allows us to make an explicit connection between racism and Islamophobia in Quebec- a connection that many women live every day.

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4 replies
  1. Naomi Cromwell says:

    Hi! I’m interested in learning more about your research abotu racism in the nonprofit sector and whether it extends beyond Quebec to other Canadian provinces. I was interested in mounting a similar project in BC focusing on the arts sector. Would love to learn more about your process of collecting data and possibly collaborate if it feels appropriate for both of us. Cheers 🙂

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