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Equality and diversity

The FDA believes that public services should represent the people they serve. We are dedicated to promoting equality for all and to fighting all forms of discrimination, bullying, harassment and victimisation. 

For more than 100 years, the FDA has been fighting for what is right. We opposed the marriage bar that stopped women being wives and workers; we campaigned for the rights of gay and lesbian staff to work in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; we started the fight for equal pay in 1935 and continue to pursue fair pay for our members now. 

There is still more to be done to achieve true equality, diversity and inclusion in public service, and we continue to lead the way in creating workplaces that are accessible to all, and ensuring everyone can achieve their full potential – no matter their gender, race, sexuality, disability, age or background.    

We promote equality by:

  • Taking on individual member’s cases, from pay discrimination to securing reasonable adjustments, and everything in between.
  • Working with employers to improve opportunities for under-represented groups across government, and to eliminate direct and indirect discrimination.
  • Conducting research and campaigning for solutions to the problems caused by bias. 
  • Calling out and challenging inequality wherever we see it. 
  • Liaising with departmental and civil-service wide equality networks.
  • Hosting targeted professional development events. 
  • Attending monthly meetings with Civil Service Employee Policy (CSEP) and Civil Service Diversity Strategy (CSDE) to further promote our equality agenda. 

 You can read our diversity and inclusion strategy here.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Sub-committee

The FDA’s work on equality is co-ordinated by our Executive Committee's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Sub-committee (EDIC) and strategically led by National Officer Victoria Jones . The committee meets four times a year to discuss union policy and work on equality issues. 

Professional development

We’re proud to host a number of events in partnership with Dods, including BAME into Leadership and Women into Leadership. Held across the country, these conferences feature speeches, workshops and networking opportunities, designed to equip delegates with the tools they need to progress their careers. Members benefit from greatly discounted tickets to these events. 

Get involved

The FDA are keen to hear from members who are passionate about ensuring that diversity, inclusion and equality becomes a reality in their workplace. 

Whether through being a rep, working on one of our campaigns or representing the union at a TUC Equality Conference, there are many ways you can get involved in the FDA’s equality work. 

We can provide training, information and opportunities, to ensure you are supported to get involved with the issues you are passionate about. 

Like to be more involved? Have ideas on how you can help your union help its members? Email equalitymatters@fda.org.uk.


Shola has been recognised for her fantastic work championing learning opportunities for BAME civil servants.

18 May 2021

PSM - and FDA President Vicky Johnson - report from our first ever Virtual Women into Leadership event.

20 April 2021

Responding to the publication of the report from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, FDA Equality Officer Victoria Jones said there was still much to be done to tackle racial discrimination in the workplace

31 March 2021

FDA Equality Officer Victoria Jones on the FDA’s work with departmental or cross-government staff networks.

22 March 2021 | By Victoria Jones

This International Women’s Day, we celebrate our first ever virtual Women into Leadership event.

08 March 2021
18th Oct 2021
Tommy Newell speaks with London IOPC Regional Director Sal Naseem about working with the FDA on BAME member development courses and chairing our BAME into Leadership conference.
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As we mark the beginning of Carers Week 2021, Equality Officer Victoria Jones and branch representative Santosh Bhabra share the results of the FDA's survey of carer members, recommendations and what happens next.
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