Topic 1 Social groups/ communities: categorisation

We will focus on these specific social groups within this topic:’

  • Single-parent families

  • Immigrant women

  • Mature women

  • The LGBTQIA+ community


Single parent families: a single parent family is a family consisting of one parent, regardless of gender, living without a spouse or partner with at least one unmarried child under 18 years old for whom they have full responsibility (independently of other adults).

The LGBTQIA+ community [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Asexual+]:   it is an acronym and refers, in total, to people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, Intersex, Queer+. The above terminology is used to define all individuals except heterosexuals.

Elderly women: Most developed countries of the world have accepted the age of 65 for the definition of “elderly”. This definition is relevant and is often related to the age at which one can start receiving pension benefits or with emerging health problems.

Women with an immigrant or refugee background: An immigrant is a person who changes the place/country of their usual residence (usually for financial, professional, educational etc. reasons). A refugee is a person who is outside of their country of origin due to war conditions, conflicts, fear of persecution, violence or other similar situations.

Discrimination – also – against men is a valid reality, which is part of the content and topics of the module and is of particular importance for achieving equality in the work environment.