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What is discrimination?

Some people treat other people badly, because they are different, or because they just act differently. This is called discrimination. 

People are discriminated against for many reasons. For example, because their name is not German, because they come from a different country, because they have another religion, because they are a woman, because they love a person of the same sex, because they have another skin color, because they are old, have a disability, or because they look different.

Discrimination can be  

  • a specific act or a way of speaking (exclusion, harassment, threats, insults, physical violence...)
  • structural: for example, limited access to health care, education, the labor market – or when someone is excluded from participating in cultural or political activities.