In its mandate for the years 2024-2027, the CDADI is instructed to prepare a Feasibility study and possible draft Recommendation on preventing and combating intersectional discrimination (in consultation with the Gender Equality Commission “GEC”).

This work will be carried out by a working group which was established by the CDADI at its 8th plenary meeting.

Background information

The term “intersectional discrimination” reflects the understanding that the interaction of two or more grounds of discrimination can produce a disadvantage which is qualitatively different to the operation of those grounds separately. It differs from “multiple discrimination”, which is an overarching term for all instances of discrimination on several grounds: intersectional discrimination includes the idea that the interaction of the grounds is synergistic in nature.[1]

In 2022, the European Commission on Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) focussed its annual seminar with Equality Bodies on the topic “Prohibition of discrimination: can a focus on intersectionality contribute to effective equality?” The content and outcomes of this event can be accessed here.