October 2001- The objective of this paper is to build on the work that the Commission has already done to recognize the complexity of how people experience discrimination. It describes a framework for a contextualized approach to analyzing discrimination in multiple grounds complaints.
Each individual’s experience of his or her family status is profoundly influenced by other aspects of their identify, such as gender, sexual orientation, age, race, marital status, or disability: this was a major theme of the submissions the Commission received. For example, the experience of an aging parent of a child with a disability will differ from that of an Aboriginal single mother in search of housing. A heterosexual married mother seeking career advancement will experience different barriers than a lesbian couple dealing with their children’s schooling.