The Government Equalities Office (GEO) sits within the Home Office. We work across the whole of government.
About our work
We support the government’s commitment to 'tear down barriers to social mobility and equal opportunities and help to build a fairer society' .
The Government Equalities Office (GEO) is responsible for the government’s overall Equality Strategy, Building a Fairer Britain. This supports the coalition government’s commitment to 'concerted government action to tear down barriers to social mobility and equal opportunities and help to build a fairer society'.
It aims to improve equality and reduce discrimination and disadvantage for all, at work, in public and political life, and in people’s life chances.
Equality Act 2010
We lead on the Equality Act 2010. We take the lead in government in particular on issues relating to women and gender equality, sexual orientation and transgender equality matters.
We lead on:
- the government’s international obligations to implement the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
- the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action
- the government’s obligations to implement the European Union Roadmap for Equality between Women and Men
A summary of GEO’s business plan for 2011-12 is published as part of the Home Office Business Plan.
We coordinate an Inter-Ministerial Group on Equalities whose role is to develop and oversee delivery of the Equality Strategy.
We work across government but in particular we work closely with:
- the Department for Communities and Local Government, who lead on integration, race and faith policy and the community agenda
- the Department for Work and Pensions, who lead on disability discrimination policy and legislation and general age policy outside the workplace
- the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, who provide the broad policy framework for further and higher education and have responsibility for the Equality Act’s provisions relating to age exceptions to the Act’s working provisions
- the Department for Education, who are responsible for the Equality Act’s provisions relating to schools and children
- the Department for Transport, who are responsible for the Equality Act’s provisions on disability and transport and in relation to ships and hovercraft
We also work closely with:
- the Ministry of Justice, who lead on human rights policy
- the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
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