Equal Opportunities Educational Radio Programme
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) launched its first educational radio programme titled "Talking about Equal Opportunities" with the Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) today (19 July 1997) on a very popular Radio II programme : "The Morning Suite".
A series of 13-week radio programme was launched with the objective of promoting understanding among the general public of the Sex Discrimination Ordinance (SDO) and Disability Discrimination Ordinance (DDO). The programme would be broadcast on the "The Morning Suite" of RTHK II every Saturday. The programme starts on 19 July till 11 October 1997 at 8:10 a.m.
Dr. Fanny Cheung Mui-ching, Chairperson of the EOC, talked about the work of the Commission and equal opportunities issues and answered phone calls on the programme this morning.
"Discriminatory attitudes are often due to ignorance and misconception. Raising public awareness is vital to changing attitudes." Dr. Cheung said.
"We are very pleased to be working with RTHK in launching this series of radio programme. Through the programmes, we will be able to reach out to hundreds of thousands of audience."
"The radio-drama programmes which featured different scenarios of discrimination will enhance better understanding of discriminative issues. People in all walks of life will become more aware of their rights to equal opportunities." Dr. Cheung said.
Themes of the drama series relating to the SDO include discrimination on the ground of marital status and pregnancy, discriminatory advertisements, sexual harassment in educational institutes and at workplace etc. Stories illustrating the provisions of the DDO cover the definition of disability and aspects of Genuine Occupational Qualifications, reasonable accommodation, access to education opportunities for people with a disability, provision of goods, services and facilities, etc.
Dr. Cheung said the EOC and the RTHK were currently working on a docu-drama television programe which would be launched in January 1998.
"Changing discriminatory attitudes is a long-term endeavor which involves the joint effort of the whole community. We will continue to employ effective media such as radio and television to convey the message of equal opportunities to the general public." Dr. Cheung added.
Enquiry: EOC Hotline 25118211