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This paper reviews the construction of intersectional strategies for active citizenship that have contributed to the Active Citizenship Program for Women and Youth (2011–2016) led by Oxfam in Nicaragua. The document seeks to highlight the intersecting forms of violence and subordination that women and youth identities in Nicaragua face in different ways, and underscore how youth networks and feminist movements have been able to link parallel efforts to fight against discrimination and defend their rights. Through the experience with youth networks in Chinandega and the Feminist Movement of Nicaragua (Corriente Feminista de Nicaragua), the text explores intersectionality as a way of understanding the continuum and linkages between identities, and shines a light on the opportunities to build common resistance against superimposed axes of oppression and discrimination.
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  ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP OF WOMEN AND YOUTH IN NICARAGUA DAMARIS RUIZ AND CAROLINA EGIO ARTAL OXFAM INTERSECTIONALITY SERIES   Oxfam America 2   Foto: Susana Garcia  | Oxfam America 1 CONTENTS Contents……………………………………………………………………………….… 1   Foreword…………………………………………………………………………………2   Introduction………………………………………………………………………………4   Findings…………………………………………………………………………………..5   Notes…………………………………………………………………………………… 11  Oxfam America 2 FOREWORD On March 23-24, 2015, representatives from Oxfam affiliates and partners assembled on the Simmons College campus in Boston, Massachusetts. In a rare opportunity, gender experts and development practitioners donned their student hats to deep-dive into the topic of Intersectionality, an area of academic thought and feminist theory that is evolving into an ever-growing body of development discourse. The event was co-sponsored by Oxfam America, Oxfam Novib, and Oxfam Intermon, in close partnership with the Center for Gender in Organizations at the Simmons School of Management. Not just a learning space, the Symposium was also a conduit for the generation of knowledge. The centerpiece of discussions was a series of practice papers, authored by Oxfam staff and partners, which explore the issue of Gender and Intersectionality within the broader context of international development work. The intention is to share Oxfam’s  experience in Gender and Intersectionality with a wide audience in hopes of fostering thoughtful debate and discussion. Oxfam America extends special thanks to all staff and partners who participated in the Symposium and who shared their expertise through these practice papers. We acknowledge the contribution of the advisory and planning committees, particularly of Sandra Sotelo Reyes (Intermon), Carmen Reinoso (Novib), Muthoni Muriu (Oxfam America), Patricia Deyton (CGO), Alivelu Ramisetty (Oxfam America), Maria Ezpeleta (Oxfam America), Eloisa Devietti (Oxfam  America) and Lauren Walleser (CGO). We also recognize the support of Caroline Sweetman and Liz Cooke (Oxfam Great Britain) who made possible the publication of a special virtual issue of Gender & Development, Intersecting Inequalities , (http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/bes/cgde-vsi-intersectionality). Finally, we thank Irene Munoz (Oxfam International) and Aileen Charleston (Oxfam America) for their collaboration on communications .
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