Affirmative Action

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Affirmative Action

A series of policies a government or organization pursues to help a given demographic group, especially a historical minority, in work and/or education. Affirmative action may be mild; for example, race may be one of a number of factors a university considers when deciding admission. On the other hand, it may impose stringent requirements; for example, a government may oblige companies to abide by gender quotas when hiring.

Affirmative action as a policy is quite controversial. Proponents argue it helps engender equality among groups in society. Critics contend it does (or at least can) reward less qualified persons at the expense of more qualified persons.

The term "affirmative action" is predominantly American. The concept is called positive discrimination in the United Kingdom, employment equity in Canada and reservation in India.
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For the purposes of this essay, discourses and discursive formations around positive discrimination and its beneficial intentions can be seen to produce and legitimate subject positions (who speaks and who does not).
Article 4 (2) opens the door to the positive discrimination for 'all communities' who are under-represented in public administration on both central and local level and public enterprises due to long-lasting disadvantageous status in the society, or with the terminology of the human rights law this paragraph deals with the temporary special measures.
Positive discrimination in the workplace is never positive.
There is no such thing as positive discrimination. If you shut out people , however noble your motives, that's plain old discrimination.
Under equal opportunities law, positive discrimination means that male-dominated industries should employ women providing their qualifications are equal to those of male applicants, however this law does not mean that female-dominated industries must hire men.
Therefore, regions could support the resources and concretise the principle of positive solidarity between districts instead of the positive discrimination stipulated by the Constitution, he advocated.
The United Nations (UN) document requires a timeframe to eliminate even positive discrimination as it upholds equality and fairness for all.
"This kind of action will certainly play a key role in the implementation of positive discrimination," the official added, deeming "difficult to achieve positive discrimination in the absence of an economic vision."
I've shadowed the board for the last six months to be sure that this position was the right move for me and the club." Low played down talk of any positive discrimination and said: "I wouldn't have accepted the role if I thought this was a token gesture.
Surely if we want an end to any form of discrimination that should also include positive discrimination as well.
What I emphatically draw the line at is positive discrimination, choosing all female candidates for the next Labour MP for the Colne Valley.
Thus, practicing Muslims now feel that in order to compensate for the years of discrimination and unjust practices, they must be accorded with positive discrimination. I agree with them but only to a certain extent.