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Equality, Human Rights and Social Change

  • AgeIn this section you will find information on policy and strategies relating to Age Equality.
  • Childcare Strategy The Programme for Government 2011-15 commits the Executive to publish and implement a Childcare Strategy with key actions to provide integrated and affordable childcare.
  • Children and young peopleIn this page you will the index page for the children and young people section
  • Poverty and Social InclusionThe vision for the Anti-Poverty Strategy is the development of a society which aims to enable its citizens to be fully participative, to realise their full potential and live free from poverty and social exclusion.
  • DisabilityFind out more about the latest changes to the definition of disability and view the new guidance.
  • Equality CommissionWe sponsor the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. Find out more about our relationship with the Commission.
  • Equality SchemeFind out more about OFMDFM's Equality Scheme and the various ways that we monitor the implementation and progress of the scheme. Find out too about the quinquennial statutory review of equality schemes that is just getting underway in all the government departments.
  • Fair EmploymentThe Fair Employment and Treatment ( Northern Ireland ) Order 1998 (FETO) makes it unlawful to discriminate against someone on the ground of religious belief or political opinion.
  • Gender EqualityThe implementation  of the Gender Equality Strategy is one of the Executive's key Programme for Government commitments.
  • Human RightsFind out about how we assist with issues arising from the Human Rights Act 1998 and human rights obligations arising during devolution.
  • Section 75We are responsible for the promotion of equality of opportunity and the promotion of a culture of rights and responsibilities within the Northern Ireland Civil Service.
  • Sexual OrientationThe Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) has undertaken to publish a Sexual Orientation Strategy and Action Plan.
  • Sex Discrimination and Equal PayHomepage for Sex Discrimination and Equal Pay. The Gender Equality Unit is responsible for providing and updating legislation which tackles unfair discrimination on the basis of a person's gender.
  • Single Equality BillWe are currently working on a Single Equality Bill to harmonise, update and extend, where appropriate, anti-discrimination and equality legislation in Northern Ireland.