EOC folds. Bad news/good news?

News here that the Equal Opportunities Commission, in the UK, is folding, to be absorbed by the Commission for Equality and Human Rights.

Some find this cause for concern: statistics indicating the extent to which discrimination and various gender ‘gaps’ remain rife leading to worries that the all purpose equality body will give insufficient attention to addressing specifically gendered inequalities.

On the other hand, the attitude expressed here is more optimistic. In particular:

‘The hope in the EOC is that, with a man heading up the new equality body, there will be more credence given to the idea that the agenda of equal opportunities is as much to do with men as women…  For too long gender equality has been seen as women’s special pleading’.

(Thoughts echoed in recent post and comments here)