Issue 26 - 21 March 2011  
  1. The EOC Calls for Greater Progress towards Racial Equality  
21 March marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, providing an opportunity for us to reflect on our progress towards racial equality.
Today, the South China Morning Post published “Different but Equal”, an article by the EOC Chairperson, Mr. LAM Woon-kwong. The article urged the public to tackle together the problem of racial inequality.
Furthermore, two newspaper supplements explaining the EOC’s work and resources on fighting race discrimination appeared in the South China Morning Post and Metro Daily today. In addition to our various training and publicity initiatives on the Race Discrimination Ordinance, the EOC held a dedicated training session on March 18th on the anti-discrimination legislation for community workers who serve ethnic minorities in their daily mission.
  SCMP Article: Different but Equal  
  EOC Chairperson’s Latest Speech to Ethnic Minority Youths  
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  2. The EOC Reports on Work Plan and Progress  
Members of the EOC met on 17 March 2010 at the 89th EOC Meeting to discuss various matters including the review of the EOC’s work in 2010 and the proposal to set up an Equal Opportunities Tribunal (EOT). Members noted that stakeholders consulted on the EOT generally welcomed the overall objectives of the proposal. Members also noted that the Commission had provided mult-faceted response to discriminatory acts and continued to advocate equal opportunities on various policy issues.
  Link to the Press Release  
  3. Second Session of Uniquely Me! Youth Empowerment Programme Now Open for Registration  
To help young people stand up for racial equality, the EOC’s programme, Uniquely Me, is organizing their second session on 16 April 2011. The event will be headlined by two active advocates for racial equality in Hong Kong, Dr Raees BAIG and Mr. Rizwan ULLAH, who will share their stories of growing up in Hong Kong and how they overcame barriers to find success. The afternoon will also feature youth performances of dancing and playback theatre. Space is limited, so register now.

Date: 16 April 2011 (Saturday)

  Time: 2:30 – 5:30pm (Registration opens at 2:00pm)  
  Venue: Conference Room, Equal Opportunities Commission, 19/F, Cityplaza Three, 14 Taikoo Wan Road, Taikoo Shing  
  *This programme will be conducted in English. All students welcome.  
  Event details  
  Register online  
  Watch clips of the last Uniquely Me! session on YouTube: Ms Ody Apostol LAI  
  Watch clips of the last Uniquely Me! session on YouTube: Mr. Ajmal SAMUEL  
  Another Youth Programme: Career Challenge  
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  4. EOC Promotes Equal Opportunities and Accessibility through Photo Exhibition  
To promote our vision of “access for all”, the EOC is organizing a photo exhibition in March. The displayed photos are entries from the “Accessibility and Social Inclusion” photo competition organized by the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation, the Photographic Society of Hong Kong, and the Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong. The exhibition, which also explains the equal opportunity laws in simple terms, will be at The Link’s Kai Tin Shopping Centre (March 24-26) and Homantin Plaza (March 28-30). Please also watch out for our exhibitions in coming months.
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.