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2 December 2011
Issue 41


  1. The EOC Wins Directors of the Year 2011 Award

Group Photo taken at the Prize Presentation Ceremony of the Directors of the Year Award The EOC has won the Directors of the Year Award from the Hong Kong Institute of Directors under the Statutory /Non-profit-distributing category, in recognition of excellence in corporate governance and professionalism of the Board of Directors. Selection criteria for the Award included the Board’s diversity in composition, skill mix and competencies; effectiveness in strategic corporate functions; and managing compliance and accountability. The EOC is proud to be recognised for the Board’s demonstration of professionalism, commitment and efficiency in the past year, and pledges to continue working relentlessly to build a genuinely inclusive society.

Read the press release
EOC Fact Sheet 2010/11
EOC’s Corporate Video
Things We do, People We Meet- Reflections in Brief


  1. “Together for a Better World for All”
    The EOC participates in the United Nations Enable Film Festival 2011 and the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The EOC is proud to announce that our documentary, Between Hearing and Not Hearing, has been selected for screening at the United Nations Enable Film Festival 2011 on 2 December 2011 in New York, along with six other short films from around the world. The documentary tells the stories of people whose lives have been influenced by hearing impairment, and encourages viewers to consider what it would take for society to free itself from discrimination.

Logo of the UN Enable Film FestivalThe UN Enable Film Festival is a part of the commemoration of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities, observed annually on 3 December. This year’s theme is “Together for a better world for all: Including persons with disabilities in development.” The exclusion of people with disabilities from decision-making and all areas of life negatively impacts the whole society, holding everyone back from the benefits of each person’s individual talents. On this occasion, the EOC calls on the community to join together to enable people with disabilities to participate in all areas of life, from policymaking to employment to the simple enjoyment of leisure activities. In Hong Kong, the EOC is supporting various community events and initiatives to recognize the day and raise public awareness on equal rights and access for people with disabilities. Please click on the links below to learn more.

Watch EOC’s video: “Between Hearing and Not Hearing”
About the UN Enable Film Festival 2011
Details of the Opening Ceremony of the International Day of Disabled Persons 2011
“Towards Disability Confidence” Webinar from Community Business
Barrier-Free Life: EOC’s resource page on disabilities


  1. Be Proactive in Safeguarding Racial Harmony
    The EOC urges the community to avoid discriminatory language

Poster on “We as One” featuring the greetings, Hello in different languages Without racial harmony and inclusion, Hong Kong can hardly brand ourselves as a "World City". The issue of the right of abode for foreign domestic workers has brought into the public domain a variety of emotionally charged views. The EOC has made its position clear that those commenting on the issue should exercise sensitivity and good judgment when engaging in the debate, and refrain from using harassing or vilifying language in order to avoid breaching the Race Discrimination Ordinance (RDO). "As Hong Kong is a free and open city, people can express different views. But in the debate, we do hope and ask that people not use derogatory or discriminatory language," said Mr. LAM Woon-kwong, Chairperson of the EOC. The EOC is continuing to monitor the situation and encourages anyone who feels that they have faced discrimination due to this issue or in other settings to seek our assistance.
A Guide for Foreign Domestic Helpers and their Employers
Lodge a complaint


  1. The EOC Outreaches to the Community with Bus Advertisements on Diversity

Bus advertisement with the theme, “We as One” The EOC has been running a new bus body advertisement campaign since December 2011, with the theme “We as One” painted on 100 operating KMB buses. The bus body advertisement is one of our initiatives to promote the messages of diversity. In addition to the bus advertisements, other promotional activities include MTR escalator crown advertisements, advertisements in local and ethnic minority newspapers, information leaflets in eight languages, TV and radio Announcements of Public Interest, TV docu-drama, radio programmes, exhibitions and the Community Participation Funding Programme to promote the principles of equal opportunities for all.


  1. An Inclusive Workplace for All
    The EOC supports Community Business’ survey on LGBT employees

In an effort to provide up-to-date research on sexual orientation and gender identity in Hong Kong while stimulating discussion on the issue, Community Business has launched the Hong Kong Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Climate Study 2011-12. The research seeks to explore the general attitude of employers and the wider community on LGBT employees in the city. The surveys will be conducted from November 2011 to January 2012, with the results to be released in the second quarter of 2012. For more information, please see the link below.

Logo of the Hong Kong Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Climate Study 2011-12

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.