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Putting Equality at the Heart of Government

The Government Equalities Office is a new self-standing Department, whose mission is to put equality at the heart of Government. The GEO is responsible for the Government’s overall strategy on equality, (including a new Equality Bill and Public Service Agreement) as well as leading on women’s issues across Government, and sponsoring the Equality and Human Rights Commission and Women’s National Commission. The GEO reports to the Ministers for Women and Equality, Harriet Harman and Barbara Follett

A Statement by the Minister for Women and Equality

On Thursday, June 26 the Minister for Women and Equality, the Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP, made a statement to the House of Commons, repeated in the House of Lords by Baroness Andrews, setting out the main themes of the Equality Bill which will be introduced in Parliament in the next session. 

On the same day the Government Equalities Office published Framework for a Fairer Future – the Equality Bill, which outlines the steps which will be taken to streamline and strengthen the law.   

Where We are Making a Difference

To your family

We are helping more people balance their work and home lives by making good quality, affordable, childcare available in every neighbourhood.

To your prospects

We are working to deliver on the Women and Work Commission recommendations.

To your pocket

We are working to reduce the pay gap between men's and women's earnings.

To your rights

Through legislation we are tackling discrimination.

To your society

We are ensuring that equality and opportunity for all are into all levels of our society.

We have introduced civil partnership and working on other issues relating to sexual orientation.

The new Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) will champion equality, diversity, and human rights as defining values of our society, encouraging all our institutions to operate for the benefit of every individual.

To your world

We are working to ensure UK interests are taken into account across Europe and around the world.

The office has been recently established – so some of the pages may refer to the Women and Equality Unit. These pages will be updated shortly.
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