Intersectionality in International Anti-Discrimination Law: Addressing Poverty in its Complexity

18 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2015

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Beth Goldblatt

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law; University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Date Written: December 16, 2015

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Goldblatt, Beth, Intersectionality in International Anti-Discrimination Law: Addressing Poverty in its Complexity (December 16, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2706271 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2706271

Beth Goldblatt (Contact Author)

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law ( email )

Sydney
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.uts.edu.au/staff/beth.goldblatt

University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States

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