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Chapter 1:Overview of the gender equality duty8

What this code is and how to use it8

What is the gender equality duty?9

Why has the gender equality duty been introduced?10

Outcomes – the changes to which the gender equality duty should lead11

How the gender equality duty fits into the broader equality picture12

Which organisations have to take action on the general duty?12

Which public authorities have to take action on the specific duties?13

How will the gender equality duty be enforced?13

Future changes in the legislation13

Where to obtain further information now and in the future13

Chapter 2:How to meet the general duty14


How the different parts of the duty work together14

Unlawful discrimination14

Harassment and sexual harassment15

The promotion of equality of opportunity between men and women15

The gender equality duty and gender reassignment16

What does the general duty mean?  Due regard, proportionality and relevance17

How to meet the general duty18

Accountability and leadership19

Mainstreaming the duty into the core functions of a public authority19

Ensuring implementation through clear staff roles20

Staff expertise and training20

Success factors in gender mainstreaming21

Meeting the gender equality duty in policy development21

Meeting the gender equality duty in services22

Making decisions on changing design or delivery of services24

Ensuring single-sex activities comply with the law24

Meeting the gender equality duty in public functions25

Meeting the gender equality duty in employment26

Transsexual employees and potential employees27

Meeting the gender equality duty for equal pay27

Meeting the duty to eliminate harassment28

Chapter 3:How to meet the specific duties30


What do the specific duties require public authorities to do?30

Preparing and publishing a gender equality scheme31

What should be in a gender equality scheme and action plan?31

Gathering and using information32


Prioritising and setting gender equality objectives36

Objectives to address the gender pay gap37

Pay discrimination38

Caring responsibilities and occupational segregation39

Closing the gender pay gap within the wider remit of a public authority40

Gender impact assessment40

Implementing the scheme44

Annual reports44

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