Issue 31 - 3 June 2011  
  1. Revised Code of Practice on Employment under the Disability Discrimination Ordinance comes into effect  
On 3 June 2011, the resolution for the amendment of the Code of Practice on Employment (“the Code”) under the Disability Discrimination Ordinance (DDO) was published in the government gazette, with the Code taking effect on the same day. The revised Code provides updated information on the application of DDO, relevant case illustrations, and practical guidance on implementing the law in the workplace. Mr. LAM Woon-kwong, the EOC Chairperson, said, “We would like to thank the Legislative Council’s Subcommittee and all the stakeholders for their invaluable input to improve the Code. We will update it in time to keep it current. An easy-read guide will also be prepared for potential users.”
  Download the revised Code (2011)  
  Read the press release  
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  2. “You Are Not Alone”:  
  The EOC joins the AIDS Festival 2011 to fight discrimination  
For many who are living with HIV/AIDS, stigmatisation and discrimination are a constant part of life. To raise awareness on this issue, St. John’s Cathedral HIV Education Centre organizes the AIDS Festival annually to bring together different groups who are fighting against these stigmas. At the festival on 29 May 2011, Mr. LAM Woon-kwong, the EOC Chairperson, told people living with HIV/AIDS and their loved ones, “You are not alone,” and urged those who face discrimination to exercise their right to protection under the law. The EOC held a booth at the festival and provided information to visitors on the Disability Discrimination Ordinance and other equal opportunity legislation.
  Read the EOC Chairperson’s full speech  
  3. “Men in Pain? Where is the Pain?”  
  The EOC organizes seminar to discuss men’s issues  
Today’s changing world has put genuine pressure on many men, particularly those disadvantaged or in need. However, due to traditional values, men may be less likely to express their feelings or seek help, and consequently their needs may be neglected. To learn more about this changing dynamic, join the upcoming seminar, “Men in Pain? Where is the Pain? - Deconstructing Masculinities, Gender Identities and Changing Gender Roles”. This seminar is a part of the EOC-commissioned project, “Exploratory Study on Gender Stereotyping and Its Impacts on Male Gender”, with the Gender Research Centre of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  Date: 18 June 2011 (Saturday)  
  Time: 10:00am - 12:00 noon  
  Venue:Auditorium Hall, HKCSS The Duke of Windsor Social Service Building  
  4. “Accessibility is everyone’s issue”  
  The EOC promotes equal opportunities and accessibility through photo exhibition  
In Tiu Keng Leng or Chai Wan during the month of June? Come join our effort to enhance understanding and promote “access for all”! The EOC is continuing our roving photo exhibition at The Link’s shopping centres in June. See selected 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 exhibit will be at Choi Ming Shopping Centre (Tiu Keng Leng) on 3-5 June, and at Hing Wah Plaza (Chai Wan) on 17-19 June.
  Visit the EOC’s Barrier-free Life Webpage  
Stay updated on the EOC’s work and positions by referring to our press releases, speeches, media interviews, and calendar training 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.