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What we do

The Government Equalities Office (GEO) is responsible for equality strategy and legislation across government. We take action on the government’s commitment to remove barriers to equality and help to build a fairer society, leading on issues relating to women, sexual orientation and transgender equality.


We are responsible for:

  • improving equality and reducing discrimination and disadvantage for all in the UK; improving people’s life chances at work, and in public and political life
  • taking the lead on the Equality Act 2010 and being the lead department on gender, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) issues in government including the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, and Civil Partnership Act 2004
  • supporting and implementing international equality measures in the UK, including our international commitments to:

    • the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
    • the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action
    • the European Union strategic engagement for gender equality 2016 - 2019


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 Justine Greening, the Minister for Women and Equalities, and Caroline Dinenage the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Early Years.

We work across government, but in particular we work closely with:

We also work closely with:

We sponsor 1 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.

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