“Multiple discrimination” refers to a situation in which a person experiences discrimination on two or more grounds, leading to discrimination that is compounded or aggravated.

“Intersectional discrimination” refers to a situation where several grounds interact with each other at the same time in such a way as to be inseparable.

Article 6(1) of UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) recognizes that women with disabilities are subject to multiple discrimination and requires that States parties take measures to ensure the full and equal enjoyment by women with disabilities of all human rights and fundamental freedoms. The Convention refers to multiple discrimination in Article 5(2), which not only requires States parties to prohibit any kind of discrimination based on disability, but also to protect against discrimination on other grounds.

Original Policy Proposals (2019)

Included in the Committee’s draft proposals

Consultation Feedback (2019-2020)

Not covered in the UK.


Multiple and intersectional discrimination deferred.

They will be considered as part of phase 2a of the proposals when additional protected grounds are added. The policy work will be undertaken in 2023/24 with the legislation coming into force in 2025.