1. EOC co-hosts conference with APF to reflect on equality in Asia Pacific

EOC Chairperson Professor Alfred CHAN (centre) and Chief Operations Officer Mr Michael CHAN (third from right) posing for a group photo with APF Chairperson Dr Sima SAMAR (fourth from left), Chairperson-elect Professor Rosalind CROUCHER (fourth from right) and Deputy Director Ms Pip DARGAN (third from left).The pursuit of equality is an ongoing journey; from time to time, we need to take stock and shift gears as we progress forward. In that spirit, over 200 equal rights enthusiasts from Hong Kong and across Asia Pacific got together from 20 to 21 September 2018 at the "Conference on Equality in the Asia Pacific 2018: Progress and Challenges" for a status update on equality for women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the region, as well as a cross-cultural discussion on shared challenges and best practices.

Co-organised by Hong Kong's Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) and the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF), the conference boasted a line-up of over 30 distinguished speakers and panellists hailing from national human rights institutions, academic institutions, public bodies, NGOs and the legislature in Hong Kong. From affirmative action policies and gaps in anti-discrimination laws to the intersectional nature of identity and marginalisation, the issues examined transcend borders and often point to the need for stronger commitment and more willpower on the part of governments.

"It was incredibly exciting to see so many faces in the room, both familiar and new," said Prof Alfred CHAN, Chairperson of the EOC. "Indeed, we must tap into our collective wisdom and learn from each other's experience - both the success stories and the setbacks - in order to dismantle the hurdles in our ongoing fight against prejudice and discrimination. This conferece was definitely a good start where we all opened up about our frustrations and aspirations while gearing up for the road ahead. We at the EOC will continue to join and build platforms for this important conversation."

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  1. Deadline extended to 15 October for applications to "Tally & friends" Storytelling Competition

Key promotional visual of the competition, featuring a bright yellow background and a blown-up smiley face with Tally and his friends hanging around the curly mouthThe application deadline for "Equality for All: 'Tally & friends' Storytelling Competition" has been extended to 15 October 2018 (Monday).

Based on the illustrated storybook series Tally & friends launched by the EOC last year, the competition is aimed at promoting messages of equality, diversity and inclusion among children and divided into five categories, namely Pre-School, Lower Primary, Upper Primary, Team and Sign Language. Participants are required to record a video of themselves telling either a story from the series or a newly created story featuring Tally and/or other characters from the book. Shortlisted contestants will be invited to compete at the finals at Lecture Theatre, Hong Kong Central Library on 10 November 2018 and have the chance to win a trophy and cash prizes up to HK$3,000. All finalists will be awarded a certificate as well.

The EOC is now accepting applications on Whatsapp. Interested individuals should send their video entries, along with a screenshot of the completed application form, to 5216 5937 via Whatsapp (the number is for submissions only) on or before 15 October 2018.

For enquiries, please contact the EOC at 2511 8211 or tally@eoc.org.hk.

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  1. HER Fund to organise charity screening of EOC-funded feature A Woman is a Woman

Poster of the film, featuring the faces of the two protagonists on a purple backgroundFamily estrangement, school bullying, workplace discrimination, social stigma, medical pathologisation... For transgender people, the intolerance of the world around them could seem insurmountable at times. Transwomen, in particular, may be seen as a disgrace to the family in traditional Chinese societies where patriarchy easily breeds a toxic obsession with masculinity and a dangerosuly narrow conception of filial piety.

To shed light on their plight and tireless struggle for self-actualisation, producer and local transgender advocate Mimi WONG has teamed up with young director Maisy Goosy SUEN to make A Woman is a Woman, an unapologetic, empowering portrait of two transwomen - one a teenage student still learning to make sense of her own body and the other a loving wife and step-mother - as they navigate through a difficult life. Funded by the EOC during script development, the film has a notably inclusive cast and crew, with transwomen and LGBT-friendly artists both before and behind the camera.

HER Fund is organising a charity screening of the film on 2 November 2018 (Friday), 7pm at UA Cine Times, Times Square, Causeway Bay. Net proceeds will go to the organisation's grant scheme and capacity-building initiatives in promoting gender equality. Sharing sessions and experiential workshops will also be held in October to further enhance awareness of transgender issues. For details, please click the links below.

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  1. CareER partners with Community Business to launch Inclusive Recruitment Fair

Promotional visusal of the Fair Opportunity Programme, featuring logos of the participating companies and organisationsCareER has rolled out the 2018 edition of its award-winning Fair Opportunity Programme in collaboration with Community Business, once again to offer higher educated people with disabilities and special educational needs a much needed chance to meet with employers across an array of industries as they aspire to put their talents and knowledge to good use.

The highlight of the programme, the Inclusive Recruitment Fair, will take place on 6 October 2018 (Saturday), from 10am to 2pm at Hotel ICON, Tsim Sha Tsui East. It brings  together such big names as AXA Hong Kong, The HongKong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, J.P. Morgan, Allianz Global Investors, ANZ Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Fidelity, Goldman Sachs, KPMG and L'Oreal.

Finding a rewarding job and developing a professional career in the corporate sector should be attainable goals for everyone in society, regardless of our differences. All that's needed, as the event and these inclusive employers attest, is the right kind of support and the right frame of mind.

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