ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
1. Short title
2. Scope of application
4. Prohibition of sex discrimination
5. Prohibition of harmful practices
6. Sexual harassment
7. Workplace policy for sexual harassment
8. Enforcement by the Human Rights Commission
9. Powers of the Human Rights Commission in relation to gender equality
10. Duties of the Human Rights Commission in relation to gender equality
EMPLOYMENT IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE
11. Quotas in the public service
12. Compliance order
13. Transparency in recruitment in the public service
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
14. Equality in access to education and training
15. Equal access to scholarships, etc.
16. Tertiary education institutions
17. Exception for single sex establishments
18. General duties in relation to curriculum
SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH RIGHTS
19. Right to sexual and reproductive health
20. Duties of health officers in respect to sexual and reproductive health
21. Civic awareness
22. Powers of the Chief Justice
3 of 2013
[1ST APRIL, 2014]
This Act may be cited as the Gender Equality Act.
(1) Except where it is otherwise expressly provided for by any written law, this Act applies to all persons and to all matters.
(2) This Act binds the Government.
In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—
"appointing or recruiting authority" means a public office in whose power the decision to appoint or recruit any person lies;
"educational institution" means a school, college, university or other institution at which education or training is provided;
"harmful practice" means a social, cultural, or religious practice which, on account of sex, gender or marital status, does or is likely to—
(a) undermine the dignity, health or liberty of any person; or
(b) result in physical, sexual, emotional, or psychological harm to any person; and
"public institution" means an institution that is part of the public service within the meaning of "public service" under the Public Service Act.
(1) A person shall not—
(a) treat another person less favourably than he or she would treat a person of his or her own sex; or
(b) apply to the other person an exclusion, distinction or restriction which applies or would apply equally to both sexes but—
(i) which is such that the proportion of one sex who can comply with it is considerably smaller than the proportion of the opposite sex who can comply with it;
(ii) which he or she cannot show to be justifiable irrespective of the sex of the person to whom it is applied; and
(iii) which is to the detriment of the other person because he or she cannot comply with it,
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