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The United Kingdom’s gender equality and anti-discrimination legislation was revised in 2010 with the Equality Act, a landmark piece of legislation that overrode all previous gender-equality laws for England, Scotland and Wales. The act follows an innovative intersectional equalities approach, representing a shift in the policy priorities from gender equality to a concept of equality spanning all dimensions of discrimination. As such, findings on equality policies generally pertain to both gender and a host of other equality strands more broadly.

A key part of this legislation are the Public Sector Equality Duties (PSEDs), replacing the 2007 Gender Equality Duty. PSEDs address all public bodies and can be considered a way of regulating gender mainstreaming in the UK.