How can you support Equality in Guernsey?

The proposals for anti-discrimination (Equality) legislation were unanimously passed by the States of Deliberation July 2020, but the next few months and years will not be easy with a new States and increased pressure on resources. The good news is Phase 1 of the Equality Legislation has started, is budgeted and resourced. We need your support to broaden the network of understanding around the benefits to the community, businesses and the economy of Diversity and Inclusion.

We are now in 2021, and have been waiting for protection from discrimination for over 50 years for race, 18 years for women and 8 for disability and carers. Please get involved.


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About the Discrimination Legislation (Ordinance) proposals


We understand that there is a lot of information about the legislation and people may have questions about the proposals that were passed. To get informed we have listed several resources for you.

The original proposals were fundamentally changed after the consultation. You can find the the section on the changes in the following document page 125 or on the GDA website here

November 2021 The debate on adding the grounds of Sexual Orientation and Religion or Belief to Phase 1 took place. It was a difficult debate – there was still much misunderstanding around the unanimously approved policy letter (which is now draft legislation), to find out more you can see the GDA FAQ’s and Information Sheets here

Section 2: How the Committee has changed its proposals in response to the consultation

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November 2021

It was disappointing that the States of Guernsey voted not to protect the ground of secular belief in the new discrimination legislation. The grounds of Religious belief and Sexual Orientation were passed and prioritised into Phase 1.

Next Steps 

Summer 2022 the ordinance will be laid before the States for approval. This is an important time to show your support before the sitting and on the steps on the day of the vote. Watch this space


We have put together some resources that will hopefully help you understand the need for legislation.

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Equality and Rights Organisation for Guernsey

In 2013 the States approved, in principle, the establishment of an Equality and Rights Organisation subject to the development and approval of a business plan, and having funding and prioritisation in place.

Unfortunately in March 2020, due to the pressures of resources (funding) and the prioritisation of views an Independent ERO has been scrapped. This would have worked to Promote, Protect and Monitor islanders rights. It was also the body for raising awareness, key to a change in culture. We are disappointed that the business groups G4 have not fully supported the Equality Body as it would significantly benefit small, medium sized businesses (providing information, best practice guides, etc).

More information on the development of the Equality and Rights Organisation can be found by following the links below:

If you would like to find out more or share your views regarding equality in Guernsey, please contact the Equality Team at Employment Social Security (ESS) at: or call: 01481 732546.

What are human rights?

Human rights are based on the principle of respect for the individual. Their fundamental assumption is that each person is a moral and rational being who deserves to be treated with dignity. They are called human rights because they are universal. Whereas nations or specialised groups enjoy specific rights that apply only to them, human rights apply to everyone.

Human Rights