We are responsible for:
Our priorities include:
- helping women to fulfil their potential in the workplace and helping businesses get the full economic benefit of women’s skills
- eliminating the Gender Pay Gap (GPG) by introducing regulations requiring larger employers to publish their gender pay data, and working with other government departments to address the causes of the GPG
- improving female career progression, increasing the number of women on government boards, and in the FTSE 350
- addressing the discrimination and inequalities that LGB&T people face
- eliminating homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying in schools
- promoting the rights of British citizens abroad and using our influence to promote international equality
- supporting cross-government strategies, such as; increasing female participation in the labour market, and preventing violence against women and girls (VAWG)
Who we work with
The Government Equalities Office reports to Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary and works with Baroness Williams, Minister for Equalities, and Victoria Atkins, Minister for Women.
We work across government, but in particular we work closely with:
Home Office which leads on hate crime and violence against women and girls
Department for Education which is responsible for the Equality Act’s provisions relating to schools and children
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) which leads on integration, race and faith policy, and community issues
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) which leads on disability discrimination policy and legislation, and general age policy outside the workplace
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) which has responsibility for the Equality Act’s provisions relating to age, and exceptions to the Act’s working provisions; Women on Board’s Review, maternity and paternity leave, and flexible working
Department for Transport which is responsible for the Equality Act’s provisions on disability and transport
HM Treasury which is responsible for economic participation
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport DCMS which leads on women in digital, women in sport, and online abuse
Ministry of Justice (MOJ) which leads on human rights policy, marriage policy women offenders, forced marriage, and the Gender Recognition Act 2004
We also work closely with:
We sponsor one non-departmental public body: The Equality and Human Rights Commission.
We also provide funding for the Equality Advisory and Support Service which provides free advice and support to people in England, Scotland and Wales facing discrimination or human rights issues.