The government has launched a consultation on its proposals to introduce a public sector duty to promote gender equality - commonly referred to as the 'gender duty'. These proposals will require public authorities to eliminate discrimination and promote equality of opportunity between men and women. The main three themes oblige public authorities to:
- identify and implement specific gender equality goals;
- develop and publish an equal pay policy statement; and
- assess the impact of new policies and changes to services on men and women - allowing negative effects to be mitigated.