Issue 23 - 15 February 2011  
  1. The EOC Supports Equal Educational Opportunities for Ethnic Minority Students  
The EOC’s Working Group on Education for Ethnic Minorities organized a sharing session on 22 January 2011 in order to promote understanding on this priority action issue. The event was attended by relevant stakeholders, including parents of ethnic minority students and members of NGOs, who shared their experience of facing economic struggles and the barriers to education faced by their students. The EOC will continue to advocate for equal education opportunities and urges those who have experienced unlawful discrimination to seek help from us.
  EOC’s Complaint Handling Function  
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  2. Workplace Diversity Improves Performance and Productivity  
On 21 January 2011, the South China Morning Post published “Diversity Pays”, an article from Mr. LAM Woon-kwong, Chairperson of the EOC, on why it is beneficial for employers to build an equal opportunity workplace. There are four key elements to such a work environment: “The workplace needs to be inclusive, gender-friendly, family-friendly, and talent-oriented.”
  Full text of “Diversity Pays”  
  3. Mentors Urge Youths to Overcome Barriers at Uniquely Me! Programme  
The EOC recently launched Uniquely Me!, a new programme for English-speaking youths. The first session featured sharing from Ms Ody Apostol LAI, the only Filipina member of the Hong Kong Bar Association, and Mr. Ajmal SAMUEL, a successful business owner and international competitor in various sports including hand cycling. They discussed with over 80 youth participants why young people should embrace their individuality in order to overcome barriers and find success.
  Link to full report on Uniquely Me!  
  Link to the EOC’s latest newsletter  
  4. The EOC Supports Gender Equality in Collaboration with the Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women  
The EOC is sponsoring the “Art Exhibition on Sexuality”, co-organized by the Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women and HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity. The exhibition shows artwork by secondary students which explore gender-based violence and stereotype issues. You can visit this exhibit, held at the Gallery of HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, until 27 February 2011.
The EOC is also supporting an upcoming carnival organized by the Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women, “0480 Prevent Sexual Violence Community Carnival”. The carnival will feature an EOC-sponsored drama performance entitled “Sexual Harassment Can’t be Tolerated”, which aims to promote the prevention of sexual harassment. The event will also feature other activities including game booths and dance shows.
  Date: 19 February, 2011 (Saturday)  
  Time: 2:30pm – 5 pm  
  Location: Hong Ning Road Recreation Ground, Kwun Tong  
  “A Matter of S/HE”: EOC’s Online Module for Preventing Sexual Harassment on Campus  
Stay updated on the EOC’s work and positions by referring to our press releases and media interviews on our website. Also, stay tuned on other equal opportunities issues and community initiatives by visiting our community resources and community events pages for information from our community partners, including publications, survey reports, publicity campaigns, and upcoming conferences.