What do we mean by ‘Gender’?

‘Sex’ is a protected characteristic, by which we mean a man or a woman.
Gender refers to the socially constructed roles, behaviors, activities and attributes that a particular society considers appropriate for men and women. It is often associated with the binary categories of male and female, but can also encompass non-binary gender identities. Gender is not necessarily linked to biological sex, but rather is influenced by cultural norms and expectations.

What is the UK law on gender in the workplace?

In the United Kingdom, there are several key laws and regulations in place to address gender equality and prevent discrimination in the workplace. The primary legislation governing gender equality is the Equality Act 2010. This act provides a comprehensive framework for tackling discrimination and promoting equality across various characteristics, including gender.

Under the Equality Act 2010, it is unlawful for employers to discriminate against employees or job applicants on the grounds of gender, which includes both men and women. Discrimination can take several forms, including direct discrimination (treating someone less favorably because of their gender), indirect discrimination (applying policies or practices that disproportionately affect one gender), harassment (unwanted conduct related to gender that creates a hostile or intimidating environment), and victimization (treating someone unfairly because they have made a complaint about gender discrimination).

The law also mandates that employers take proactive steps to ensure gender equality in the workplace. This includes promoting equal pay for equal work, ensuring equal access to training and development opportunities, and eliminating gender-based barriers to career progression. Employers are encouraged to regularly assess their policies and practices to identify and address any gender-related disparities.

Additionally, the UK government has introduced regulations requiring companies with 250 or more employees to report on their gender pay gap. This means that larger employers must annually disclose information about the pay differences between male and female employees within their organization, helping to shed light on gender disparities in pay and driving greater transparency and accountability.

In summary, UK law on gender in the workplace, as outlined in the Equality Act 2010, is designed to protect individuals from gender-based discrimination, harassment, and victimization. Employers are expected to actively promote gender equality and take steps to address gender pay gaps. The requirement for gender pay gap reporting adds an extra layer of transparency to encourage businesses to take meaningful action to reduce disparities in pay and career opportunities based on gender.

Key organisations & resources

Calendar events

National Day for Staff Networks

The National Day for Staff Networks is the world’s only nationwide day dedicated to recognising networks/resource groups and the incredible value they add to the workplace.

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Men’s Health Week

Men’s Health Week in the UK is an annual campaign focused on raising awareness of health issues specifically affecting men and promoting preventive health practices and early detection.

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Develop:Brighton

The Develop:Brighton conference has something for everyone – 10 tracks covering every discipline of game making, including free Roundtables and Indie BootCamp. It’s main focus is practical take-away and vocational content giving you the chance to “skill-up” and do what you do even better.

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Develop:Star Awards

Taking place on the evening of Wednesday 10 July during Develop:Brighton, the Develop:Star Awards 2024 will recognise the very best games and talent within the industry with categories that enable studios of every size to shine.

National Inclusion Week

Founded by Inclusive Employers, National Inclusion Week (NIW) is a week dedicated to celebrating inclusion and taking action to create inclusive workplaces.

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Baby Loss Awareness Week

Baby Loss Awareness Week is a wonderful opportunity to bring us together as a community and give anyone touched by pregnancy and baby loss a safe and supportive space to share their experiences and feel that they are not alone.

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

This campaign, led by the UN Secretary-General and UN Women since 2008, aims to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls around the world, calling for global action to increase awareness, promote advocacy and create opportunities for discussion on challenges and solutions.

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International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery marks the date of the adoption, by the General Assembly, of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (resolution 317(IV) of 2 December 1949).

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Human Rights Day

In the decades since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, human rights have become more recognised and more guaranteed across the globe.

Learn more about Human Rights Day