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15th Anniversary of the Enforcement of the Race Discrimination Ordinance

Enrolment of 2024 Spring Programme is Now Open

Universal Design Award Scheme 2024/25

Latest issue of E-news

The EO Beat: February 2024 Issue

EOC Strategic Plan 2024-2026

EOC Annual Report 2022-23

Forging Ahead to a New Chapter of Equal Opportunities and Inclusion

How to Support Persons with Disabilities: Practical Guide on Universal Design for Catering Services

Equal Opportunity Youth Ambassador Scheme 2023/24

Understanding Sexual Harassment Series: Sexual Harassment on Campus

Study on Challenges, Effective Policies, and Best Practices of Ordinary Schools in Educating Students with Special Educational Needs in Hong Kong

Study on Effective Strategies to Facilitate School-to-work Transition of Young Persons with Disabilities in Hong Kong

“Under the Same Sky” Short Movie Series

Study on Perceptions of Stigmatization and Discrimination of Persons with Mental Illness in the Workplace

The Racial Diversity and Inclusion Charter for Employers

What is EOC

The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), established in May 1996, is a statutory body responsible for implementing the Sex Discrimination Ordinance, the Disability Discrimination Ordinance, the Family Status Discrimination Ordinance and the Race Discrimination Ordinance in Hong Kong.

The EOC works towards the elimination of discrimination on the grounds of sex, marital status, pregnancy, breastfeeding, disability, family status and race.

We also aim to eliminate sexual harassment, breastfeeding harassment and harassment and vilification on the grounds of disability and race. We promote equality of opportunities between men and women, between persons with and without a disability, and irrespective of family status and race.

用心竭誠服務市民 公正持平恪盡職守

周主任:

您好嗎?自從數年前跟您在深圳舉行的法律論壇見面交流,轉眼已過了數個寒暑,而我亦展開了職業生涯新的一頁。

我在4月11日正式接任成為平等機會委員會主席,展開三年的任期。我很榮幸獲委任為平機會主席,讓我可以利用過去的工作經驗和專業知識,繼續服務市民,回饋社會。我對這份新工作充滿冀盼,在未來的日子,我會恪盡職守,踐行使命,帶領平機會本著積極進取、精益求精的精神,為市民提供優質的服務。

EOC Chairperson Ms Linda LAM Mei-sau

大家好!今次是我首度為這個專欄執筆,很高興能夠有機會與各位讀者在線上分享我對平機會工作的抱負、對平等機會及歧視議題的看法,還有我的理念。

今年三月,我很榮幸獲行政長官委任成為新一任平等機會委員會(平機會)主席。昨天我帶着興奮的心情履新,正式成為平機會的一份子。平機會是一個獨立的法定機構,負責監督《性別歧視條例》、《殘疾歧視條例》、《家庭崗位歧視條例》及《種族歧視條例》四條反歧視法例的實施和執行,並透過不同途徑向大眾推廣平等、多元和共融的價值。未來三年,我會依據法例賦予的權力,帶領平機會的團隊履行職能,繼續竭誠服務市民。
 

EOC Chairperson Mr Ricky CHU Man-kin

還有十多天,我便完成平機會主席的任期,亦標誌著我正式離開職場的生涯。工作了接近50年,戎馬半生,當中有悲、有喜,有失意亦有得意之時。在我即將展開人生新的一頁時,容我在此為平機會的工作一個總結。

過去50年,我服務過五個機構,包括兩間學校和三間法定機構。雖不算多,但每一份工作都為我帶來啟發、深刻體會及回憶。然而,過去五年擔任平機會主席一職是我獲得最大滿足感和感到最快樂的工作日子。

As we mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2024, let us be reminded that diversity is an asset and inclusion is a conscious choice. By exercising that choice, we make diversity a productive force that benefits all society

A bus body advertisement in celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and the 15th anniversary of the implementation of the Race Discrimination Ordinance

為響應3月21日「國際消除種族歧視日」及慶祝《種族歧視條例》生效15周年,平機會將舉辦一連串活動包括教育論壇及運動日,又會推出巴士車身廣告,以推動社會關注種族平等及共融。平機會更透過「種族友善校園嘉許計劃」,鼓勵學校舉行宣揚種族共融的活動,以及安排老師接受培訓,學習如何建立共融校園。

A group photo of the guests attending the "Embracing Equal Opportunities to Enhance ESG" seminar

ESG,即「環境、社會及管治」,近年成為企業實現長期、可持續發展的核心策略,亦是上市公司的重要營運指標。平機會一直積極支持不同界別和類型的企業,包括中小企,制定推動平等機會及多元共融的措施,實踐企業及社會的價值。平機會早前舉行了研討會,為中小企提供實用資訊,鼓勵它們實施平等及多元共融政策,提升社會責任及企業管治。

自2020年開始,平機會以「友善服務,無分種族」為題推出多輪廣告,呼籲餐飲、零售、金融及個人服務等行業的商戶和從業員,在提供顧客服務時做到「服務有選擇」、「待遇零歧視」、「招待無差別」和「溝通無障礙」4個良好常規,從而促進在港少數族裔社群獲取服務的平等機會。

文化體育及旅遊局長楊潤雄在1 月31 日表示,旅發局會繼續與業界合作,吸引中東旅客來港旅遊。當中提到對穆斯林(伊斯蘭教徒)旅客的配套,包括清真食物和祈禱設施等,正正與平機會一直推動的種族友善顧客服務的工作一致。

A ramp on a building with wheelchair and stroller signs on wall

政府上周舉行了會議,跟進行政長官在2023年《施政報告》中提出,把通用設計及通達概念納入樓宇設計手冊,以推動長者友善的樓宇設計。平機會樂見政府積極推動通用設計及通達概念,並就現行法例和樓宇設計手冊進行檢討,目標在今年內提出改善建議。與此同時,平機會亦正積極推動各界採用通用設計,以創造共融環境,繼早前推出為餐飲業界而設的實用指南,平機會更舉辦「通用設計嘉許計劃2024/25」。計劃現正接受申請,歡迎公營及私營機構參加。

Last October, the Equal Opportunities Commission published a guide on UD specifically tailored for the catering sector. According to a survey on local restaurants, over 70% of the sampled facilities failed to comply with accessibility requirements. With a wide range of practical tips and measures, such as installing steps-free access and ensuring sufficient space between tables, the Guide aims to help restaurants improve the dining experience for all customers, and promote the principles of UD in the community.

As the chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission of Hong Kong, here is my take on what has been happening in terms of racial equality and inclusion.

While there have been developments in education, mental health services, language proficiency support and the private sector's commitment to diversity and inclusion, there are still challenges to overcome. It is imperative that we continue to work together to create an inclusive society where everyone, regardless of their ethnic background, can thrive and contribute to Hong Kong's success.

A group photo of Equal Opportunity Youth Ambassadors taken at the first experiential learning activity.

青年是香港的未來,正如行政長官李家超在2023年施政報告中提到「青年興,則香港興」。要孕育青年、協助他們發展,讓年輕人認識並擁抱多元、平等和共融的理念,培養他們的正向思維和價值觀是相當重要。因此,平機會舉辦「平等機會青年大使計劃」,向年輕一代推廣平等機會和多元共融的價值,並透過體驗式學習活動,提升他們對平等機會的認識和體驗。今年是平機會第二次舉辦這個計劃,共招募了43位大專院校學生參加。近日平機會便舉行了計劃的首兩個活動。

In a home setting, a mother is playing with her daughter on a sofa and a father is teaching his daughter with a laptop computer.

現代人生活繁忙,要同時兼顧工作和家庭,又要有私人時間進行社交、發展興趣,確實不容易。有人力資源顧問機構的調查顯示,僱員在考慮留任時的其中一個重要原因,是想得到工作與生活平衡。香港近期出現人才荒,若僱主能在工作間實施家庭友善僱傭措施,為僱員提供彈性工作安排,讓他們在工作與生活之間取得平衡,相信定能吸引及挽留人才。平機會一直鼓勵企業推行家庭友善僱傭政策,讓僱員可同時兼顧工作和家庭,我們更在1月19日舉行家庭友善僱傭措施研討會,進一步向僱主推廣相關政策。

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