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Life at the Margins: The Challenges of Multiple Discrimination

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Life at the Margins: The Challenges of Multiple Discrimination is an online story pack highlighting multiple forms of discrimination that minorities and indigenous peoples face on account of their age, gender, livelihoods, disabilities, sexuality and gender identity.

MRG says that ‘minorities within minorities’ are especially vulnerable to exploitation, not only by majorities and official power structures, but also by others within their own community

This online resource not only illustrates the difficulties facing marginalized groups within minorities and indigenous peoples, but importantly shows how many of them are mobilizing around these intersecting identities in order to subvert stereotypes, highlight injustices and demand greater recognition from both their own communities, and society at large.

Minority and indigenous women face a unique set of challenges on account of their gender and community status, a form of intersectional discrimination that is often particularly difficult to address. As neither men within the same community nor women from the majority community are likely to experience the same barriers, the situation of minority and indigenous women can be especially isolating, pushing them further into disadvantage and deprivation, says MRG.

Life at the Margins: The Challenges of Multiple Discrimination is an online collection of articles and case studies focusing on discrimination on different grounds. It includes a short film about LGBT young indigenous people in New Zealand building a totem to celebrate Auckland Pride, and a photo story about the role of elders; it also discusses the particular challenges faced by minority and indigenous children, and looks at how poverty and livelihoods intersect with marginalisation.

 

Photo: Hmong woman and child in Vietnam. Credit: Kibae Park/UN Photo.

Filed Under: anti-discrimination