Intersectionality originated in feminist theory. At its core is the recognition that the intersection of different identities within a person produces a particular experience of oppression. Intersectionality is not simply explained by a summing up of gender plus race, plus class, plus sexuality. Intersectionality recognises the specificity of individual experience. For example, a middle-class, educated professional man with a physical disability who lives in Europe will experience different types and forms of discrimination to a young woman with a learning disability from a rural village in Africa. Intersectionality seeks to be sensitive to these differing experiences of oppression.
More on intersectionality can be found in the section on 'Participation of marginalised groups'.