Systemic oppression is the intentional mistreatment of individuals or groups of individuals based on their identity. It is upheld and implemented by society and its institutions.

What does systemic oppression mean? 

Systemic oppression is the mistreatment of a social, ethnic or racial group, perpetuated by governments, schools, healthcare systems and other socioeconomic structures. Oppression that occurs at the institutional level contributes to power imbalances and discrimination. This results in severe disadvantages for specific groups.

The oppression that is embedded within the fabric of society through policies is much more difficult to combat. It results in the subordination of a group through practices that act in favor of another dominant group.

Some examples of systemic oppression

Addressing systemic oppression in the workplace

Discrimination and prejudice that are the result of a corporate policy or practice can be defined as systemic oppression.

Here are some strategies for addressing systemic oppression in the workplace:


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