Equal Opportunities Commission


E-news Issue 204


Issue 204 | 27/02/2019

Survey finds notable increase in National Sports Associations with established anti-sexual harassment policy

Whether for professionals or amateurs, sports can be an exhilarating and rewarding experience, but the frequent physcial contact and asymmetrical coach-athelete relationships also make it a potential hotbed of sexual harassment (SH). Over the past few years, the EOC has partnered with the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (SF&OC) to organise anti-SH training workshops and seminars for National Sports Associations (NSAs), who are responsible for promoting sports in Hong Kong and selecting atheletes to represent our city in international competitions. A guide has also been developed for sports organisations to formulate anti-SH policies. To track progress and identify ongoing challenges, the EOC conducted a survey of NSAs regarding their adoption of anti-SH policies from July to October 2018, following a similar study in 2014. Questionnaries were distributed via SF&OC to the 79 NSAs in Hong Kong, out of which 42 were returned.

Latest issue of Equality Perspectives addresses online hate speech and other forms of racism in Hong Kong

Do Facebook users cross a line when their rants about South Asians living in Hong Kong escalate into a threat of violence? Should we hold social media operators accountable? Are ethnic minorities (EMs) enjoying the same education and employment opportunities as other citizens do? What is it like to grow old as an EM in the city?

Join us this Sunday to honour International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1966, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) is observed annually on 21 March. On that day, in 1960, 69 peaceful demonstrators were killed under police fire in apartheid South Africa.

Self-financed tertiary institutions must step up efforts to curb sexual harassment

On 17 February 2019, the Association for the Advancement of Feminism (AAF) released the findings of a study funded by the EOC on anti-sexual harassment (SH) policies in the tertiary education sector. The anti-SH policies of eight UGC-funded universities and 10 self-financed tertiary institutions that offer sub-degree and degree programmes were assessed against a checklist of 36 criteria developed by AAF.