Intersectionality in International Anti-Discrimination Law: Addressing Poverty in its Complexity
18 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2015
Date Written: December 16, 2015
The concept of intersectionality has been progressively incorporated into international anti-discrimination law. This article considers the nature of this incorporation and the different understandings of the term and related concepts by United Nations treaty body committees. It discusses the importance of intersectionality within a substantive equality framework in challenging poverty that is often complex in nature. This is illustrated with examples from the field of social security in India, Australia and South Africa as they concern issues of race, gender, caste and class. The article suggests the need for a clear conception of intersectionality embedded within a substantive approach to equality and for greater uniformity of this equality framework across the human rights treaty system.
Keywords: international anti-discrimination law, substantive equality, intersectionality, social security
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