The Royal College of Midwives has a deep-rooted commitment to implementing equality of opportunity - and actively valuing diversity - in all spheres of our operation.
To ensure that the service the RCM delivers is responsive to the diverse needs of its membership a Equality and Diversity Strategy for the next three years has been developed which reflects good practice as well as ensuring legal compliance.
In October 2010 the Equality Act became law in October 2010. It replaced previous all equality legislation such as the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, Race Relations Act 1976 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
The Equality Act covers the same groups that were protected by the previous equality legislation - age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity - but extends some protections to groups not previously covered, and also strengthens particular aspects of equality law.