Issue 33 - 30 June 2011  
  1. Power of One  
  In political leadership, one of the key issues is the commitment to gender equality.  
Despite our progress, much remains to be done to achieve true gender equity. On 21 June 2011, Mr. LAM Woon-kwong, the EOC Chairperson, published an article in the South China Morning Post calling on women to “take the lead to reject gender stereotypes and discrimination” by speaking up for their rights in greater numbers. “Now is not the time to be complacent,” said Mr. Lam. “History has shown the world over that genuine, deep-seated change is often the result of grassroots activism…Everyone can be a role model.”
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  2. Towards Equal Protection for All  
  The EOC Chairperson addresses concerns from the LGBT community  
On 30 June 2011, the EOC Chairperson, Mr. LAM Woon-kwong, addressed concerns from the LGBT community regarding the Social Welfare Department’s recent training for social workers on working with gay and lesbian youths. Although the EOC does not have jurisdiction to investigate into this issue given the absence of legislation against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, Mr. Lam highlighted the need for an anti-discrimination law for the protection of LGBT people. “We believe that no one should have to struggle to enjoy their basic rights,” said Mr. Lam. “The EOC continues to advocate for legislation against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.”
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  3. The EOC organises sharing session on the Impact on Employees with Disabilities under the Minimum Wage Ordinance  
In an effort to better understand the impact of the Minimum Wage Ordinance on employees with disabilities since its implementation, the EOC will organise a sharing session on 16 July 2011 (Saturday) at the EOC office. The session will also discuss the way forward to further enhance equal employment opportunity for people with disabilities. The target audience will include policy makers, government officials, persons with disabilities, social enterprises, employers and other stakeholder groups.
  Enrollment form  
  4. Equal Opportunities Day  
  The EOC organises a community event to promote equality and inclusion  
Want to learn about equal opportunity concepts in a fun and relaxed way? Or hear about the aspirations of our young people for a better tomorrow? Come to Tuen Mun Town Hall on 24 July 2011 and take part in the Equal Opportunities Day 2011. The afternoon, supported by Christian Action’s SHINE Centre and Yuen Long Town Hall, will feature sharing sessions by guest mentors, the final round of the Uniquely Me! youth writing and speech competition, game booths, talks on equal opportunities, and cultural performances. Please come and join us!
  Date: 24 July 2011 (Sunday)  
  Time: 1:30pm – 6:00pm  
  Venue: Exhibition Gallery, 1/F Tuen Mun Town Hall, 3 Tuen Hi Road, Tuen Mun, N.T.  
  Language: Conducted in English, supplemented with Cantonese  
  Online registration form  
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  5. My Vision of Equal Opportunities  
  The EOC announces winners of the photo competition  
The results of the EOC’s photo competition, “My Vision of Equal Opportunities”, co-organised with the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG), is now available. A total of 259 photo entries were received for this competition. The EOC invited Ms Amy Fung, Deputy Executive Director of the HKFYG, Mr. Water Poon, renowned photographer, as well as three EOC Members – Ms Garling Wong, Mr. Amirali Bakirali Nasir and Mr. Behzad Mirzaei, to act as adjudicators. The 20 winning photos are now available on the EOC website. Congratulations to all the participants and winners who share their visions of equal opportunities!
  Link to the winning entries  
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.