Equal Opportunities Commission


E-news Issue 205


Issue 205 | 06/03/2019

EOC makes submission to Bills Committee on Discrimination Legislation (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2018

On 25 February 2019, the Administration and the Bills Committee on Discrimination Legislation (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2018 (the Bill) met with deputations, including the EOC, at the Legislative Council. Prior to the meeting, the EOC had submitted its views on the Bill, which seeks to widen the scope of protection under the anti-discrimination ordinances by implementing eight of the 73 recommendations proposed by the EOC under the Discrimination Law Review (DLR) in 2016.

Young cartoonists and filmmakers awarded for works on diversity and inclusion

The late American civil rights activist Mary McLeod BETHUNE once wrote, “We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.”

300-strong audience attended EOC’s event in honour of IDERD

On 3 March 2019, the EOC co-organised a public event with Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) Radio 2 at E-Max, Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre, in honour of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD). IDERD was proclaimed by the United Nations and falls on the 21st of March every year. The EOC commemorates the occasion annually by rolling out events themed around racial equality and inclusion.

Why gender equality matters more than ever

Some say the fight for gender equality is outdated. Others say it is political correctness gone too far. But the truth is, unresolved issues of gender and power continue to underlie many of the problems plaguing the world today. Think the wage gap across different industries. Think period shaming and fat-bashing. Think trafficking and forced prostitution. Think how women and men still have very different understandings of consent, sometimes even among themselves. The questions feminism raises – what gender equality really means, how women get disempowered from aspiring towards their fullest potential, and why men, too, can be victims of patriarchal ideology – are as relevant as ever.