Issue 25 - 8 March 2011  
  1. The EOC Urges Progress on Gender Equality  
International Women’s Day is observed annually every 8 March. 2011 marks its Global Centenary Year, which provides a good opportunity for us to reflect on our progress towards gender equality. Although women in Hong Kong have seen their positions advance considerably, much remains to be done to close the gender gap. The EOC hopes to work together with all sectors of society towards our shared goal of gender equality.
Mr. Lam Woon-kwong, Chairperson of the EOC, gave a number of media interviews and speeches on equal opportunities for women and men. His talks covered issues including gender stereotypes and barriers at different levels. Click on the links below to learn more about this issue.
  Chairperson’s speeches  
  Media Interviews  
  Latest Gender Survey by the Women’s Commission  
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  2. The EOC Outreaches to Ethnic Minority Communities  
In line with our ongoing effort to expand access to information and services for ethnic minorities, the EOC recently participated in a number of large-scale public outreach activities. The EOC held a booth at the Ethnic Cultural Show, organized by Yau Tsim Mong District Council, on 27 February and at the Orange Ribbon Action EM Carnival, organized by the Social Welfare Department, on 23 January. The booths aimed to provide information about the EOC and the anti-discrimination legislation. The EOC has also visited the Kowloon Mosque, Masjid Ammar & Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre in Wanchai, and Madrasah-Tul-Madinah in To Kwa Wan to outreach to ethnic minorities and distribute leaflets on our work.
  EOC’s Initiatives to Promote Racial Equality  
  3. Launch of EOC’s New RTHK Radio Programme  
On 2 March 2011, the EOC launched its RTHK radio programme “Equal Opportunities Diversity Project (平等機會多元共融行動 2011) with an interview with the EOC Chairperson on equal opportunity issues and a discussion of some successfully-conciliated discrimination cases. This weekly radio programme will be on the air every Wednesday from 2:00-2:30pm on RTHK Radio 2 (FM 94.8-96.9). It features interviews on topics related to equal opportunities, promotional segments on the diverse cultures of ethnic minorities and a new phone-in session on the first Wednesday of every month until February 2012. Dr. Agnes LAW, EOC member, will talk about gender issues on 9 March 2011.
  Equal Opportunities Diversity Project 2011  
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  4. Learn More about Equal Opportunities Laws through the EOC’s Calendar Training  
The EOC’s offering of calendar training for Spring 2011 is now available for employers, human resource practitioners, and members of the public to learn about discrimination issues and the anti-discrimination ordinances. Among the courses is the new training workshop, Access for All, which will include a new component on accessibility and the arts. Click on the link below to learn more.
  Training leaflet  
  Another sensitivity/training programme: Dialogue in Silence  
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.