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Discrimination and Social Exclusion

Discrimination and social exclusion are two major social issues that affect countries across the globe. We live in a world of inequalities with many disadvantaged people who face discrimination throughout their lives. Discrimination and social exclusion also pose a major threat to the health and wellbeing of individuals.

Whilst many governments have policies in place to fight discrimination, it still continues.

What is Discrimination and Social Exclusion?

Discrimination often goes hand in hand with social exclusion, which shares many of the same traits. Countless people are prevented from accessing a variety of opportunities. This prejudice can be linked to their social status, financial standing, age, sex, disability or religion.

Types of Discrimination

Discrimination is often apparent in the workplace. Although there are laws that exist in various countries to protect against discrimination, it still occurs in many organisations. Individuals can be victimised on the grounds of their:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Personal beliefs

Types of Social Exclusion

To be socially excluded means to be denied access to rights and opportunities that other members of society enjoy. Examples of social exclusion that affect many people are:

  • Unemployment or poorly paid jobs.
  • Poverty — people who are born into poverty are at a disadvantage in a number of ways.
  • Lack of decent housing.
  • Financial problems — children are more likely to struggle at school than children from more affluent households.

All Resources produces publications that investigate social issues and which strive to promote fairness and equality for all.