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16 December 2011
Issue 42


Season’s Greetings on behalf of the Board and Co-opted Members and staff of the Equal Opportunities Commission. We are pleased to provide you with information on the following topics with relevant links.

  1. “Education is the key to the future”
    The EOC Chairperson calls for the EDB to promptly provide equal educational opportunities at the Meeting of the Legislative Council Panel on Education

Cover of the EOC’s Report of the Working Group on Ethnic Minority Education On 12 December 2011, the EOC Chairperson, Mr. LAM Woon-kwong, spoke at the Meeting of the Legislative Council Panel on Education in support of equal education opportunities for ethnic minority (EM) children. The EOC expressed once again our deep concern on the existing barriers to quality education for ethnic minority children, many of whom face tremendous difficulties in the mainstream education system. These views echo the EOC’s Report of the Working Group on EM Education, published in July 2011, which has generated considerable public discussion. The EOC continues to advocate the strengthening of pre-primary/junior primary language support, the development of an alternative curriculum/qualification assessment, and the need for better information gathering for policy formulation and improvement of support measures purposes.

Read the press release
Read the Working Group’s Report
Read the Chairperson’s article calling for equal opportunities for EM youths


  1. The EOC Reports on Work Plans and Progress

Picture on books Members of the EOC met on 16 December 2011 (Thursday) at the 93rd EOC Meeting to review matters relating to the Commission’s business. In particular, Members discussed service improvement measures for enhancing efficiency of case handling and client satisfaction. EOC Members also noted that the Commission had won the Directors of the Year Award 2011 from the Hong Kong Institute of Directors and pledged to continue to strive to advance equal opportunities at all levels.

Read the press release


  1. An Equal Workplace for All
    The EOC gives legal assistance in a disability discrimination case

Picture on scales On 15 December 2011, the EOC issued legal proceedings under the Disability Discrimination Ordinance, Cap. 487 in the District Court on behalf of a complainant whose employment was terminated by her former employer allegedly on the ground of her having to take sick leave for medical examinations and treatments due to her illness. Her employment service was allegedly terminated under the pretext of poor business. A number of employees who take sick leave continue to face unfavourable treatment or dismissal under various pretexts. The EOC offered legal assistance in this case in the hopes of raising public awareness that workplace discrimination based on disability is illegal and unacceptable.

Read the press release
Read a conciliated case under the Disability Discrimination Ordinance
The Code of Practice on Employment under the Disability Discrimination Ordinance


  1. The EOC’s Annual Report wins Honors Award from the ARC Awards

Logo of ARC Awards The EOC’s 2009/10 Annual Report, with the theme, “We as ONE”, received an Honors Award in the ARC Awards 2011, in the category of “Non-Profit Organizations”. The ARC (“Annual Report Competition”) Awards is an international, independent awards organization dedicated to honoring excellence in the communications fields. In this year’s competition, there were 21,000 entries from 31 countries, with only one recipient each of a Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honors Award per category. This is the second international award the EOC has received for its 2009/10 Annual Report. The EOC is proud to be recognised for our commitment to report our work to the public in a clear, innovative, and transparent manner, and will continue to uphold our standards in the years ahead. You can also now access our 2010/11 Annual Report, with details on our work including statistics on enquiries and complaints handling, selected discrimination cases, and descriptions of our outreach activities.

View the EOC’s 2009/10 Annual Report
View the EOC’s 2010/11 Annual Report

Lastly, we wish you a wonderful holiday season and a joyous new year 2012!

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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.