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Equinet Perspective "Innovating at the Intersections. Equality Bodies tackling Intersectional Discrimination"

November 28th 2016

The issue of intersecting grounds is a recent focus for anti-discrimination and equality work. It is underdeveloped in theory, policy and practice, despite being a key challenge to the future of equality and non-discrimination.

This Equinet Perspective aims to set out the contribution of equality bodies to intersectionality issues, as well as suggesting ways forward for further developing this work in the future.

This Equinet Perspective is based on the contribution of 23 equality bodies from 21 European countries, as well as a roundtable discussion of Equinet’s Working Group on Policy Formation and the input of Equinet’s Working Group on Gender Equality. It was authored by Niall Crowley, independent expert.

Why a Perspective on Intersectionality?

The different grounds covered by equal treatment legislation intersect. People hold more than one of the personal characteristics that are used in defining each of the different grounds of gender, gender identify, age, sexual orientation, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief or disability.

Equality bodies are valuable actors in developing work on intersectionality. Their role in supporting casework on multiple discrimination or in hearing and deciding on cases of multiple discrimination has been extensively explored in research and reports.

This Perspective aims to set out the contribution of equality bodies to intersectionality issues, as well as suggesting ways forward to further developing this work in the future.


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Among the main findings, the Perspective shows that:

  • 6 equality bodies in 6 countries reported provisions on multiple discrimination in their legislation
  • 18 equality bodies in 17 countries work or have worked on intersectionality issues
  • 6 equality bodies did enforcement work even if their national legislation does not make reference to multiple discrimination

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The Perspective is available here:

Equinet Perspective on Intersectionality (2016)
Equinet Perspective on Intersectionality (2016)


Accessible version in Word is available here.

A two-page summary is available here:

SUMMARY Equinet Perspective on Intersectionality (PDF)
SUMMARY Equinet Perspective on Intersectionality (PDF)
SUMMARY Equinet Perspective on Intersectionality (Word)
SUMMARY Equinet Perspective on Intersectionality (Word)