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What is discrimination?

Discrimination is when someone treats you badly because you are different.

It could be because of:

  • your gender
  • your disability
  • your sexuality
  • the government you support
  • your religion.

Discrimination is against the law.

There are 2 types of discrimination:

  • direct
  • indirect.
2 women pointing at another woman and saying mean things

Direct discrimination is when someone treats you badly because of something that you can’t change, like your disability.

2 women pointing at a woman with disability and saying mean things

Indirect discrimination is when something that is required stops you from taking part in your community.

For example, if the only way to enter a public building is by a set of stairs, this is not fair to people who are in a wheelchair because they cannot get into the building.

A woman in a wheelchair next to a set of stairs

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