Equal Opportunities Commission


E-news Issue 180


Issue 180 | 27/02/2018

EOC presents work plan to Legislative Council Panel on Constitutional Affairs

On 14 February 2018, EOC Chairperson Professor Alfred CHAN Cheung-ming, along with senior staff members of the Commission, presented the EOC’s work progress and major upcoming initiatives to the Legislative Council Panel on Constitutional Affairs.

Take an extra step and make our city more accessible and inclusive

For many residents in Hong Kong, picking up groceries from the market is a simple, daily routine. Yet for wheelchair users, persons with disabilities (PWDs) and the elderly, this could be a daunting task, as they need to manoeuvre through countless barriers in their journey to the market.

EOC organises “Seminar on Enhancing Awareness of Sexual Harassment in Different Sectors”

With the tide of the #MeToo and Time’s Up campaigns continuing to sweep across different places and sectors, there is more than ever a need to push forward the agenda of preventing sexual harassment. While this unwelcome act affects both men and women, complaint and research data indicates that women are more prone and vulnerable to sexual harassment.

EOC calls for greater effort to tackle poverty of ethnic minorities in Hong Kong

As Hong Kong celebrated the Lunar New Year, the city was laden with festive decorations. Consumers crowded the glitzy malls and busy markets to spend on gifts and indulgences. Yet in this city, there is another world – a poverty-stricken world where families struggle to make ends meet. With one of the world’s highest Gini coefficient, it is not surprising that a portion of the city’s population, including the ethnic minorities (EMs), is living in dire situation. In the latest Hong Kong Poverty Situation Report on Ethnic Minorities 2016 released by the Government in February 2018, the poverty rate of EMs went up from to 15.8% in 2011 to 19.4% in 2016. This means that almost one in every five EMs is living in poverty. Even taking into account Government subsidies and allowances, the rate stood at 14.5%, higher than that of the general population.