Our commitment is supported by a number of legal duties that require us to promote equality and eliminate discrimination.
The Gender Equality Duty came into force on April 6, 2007. The Duty requires public authorities to take action to eliminate sexual discrimination and harassment and to promote equality for men, women and transgender people.
The Duty is different from previous sex equality legislation in two crucial aspects:
1. Public authorities have to be proactive in eliminating discrimination and harassment, rather than waiting for individuals to take out harassment cases
2. Public authorities have to be proactive in promoting equality of opportunity and not just avoiding discrimination
As a local authority we also have specific duty to prepare and publish a Gender Equality Scheme which shows how we intend to fulfil the general and specific duties and sets out our gender equality objectives.
Women, work and worklessness
Scrutiny and Equality Team
Chief Executive’s Directorate
5 Clove Crescent
London E14 2BG
Tel: 020 7364 5347