The Equal Opportunities Commission Staged its Seventh Community Roadshow
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) staged a community roadshow today (16 January 2000) at the West Commercial Centre of Marina Square in South Horizons. The theme of this roadshow was on eliminating pregnancy discrimination.
The event was the seventh of a series of roadshows to promote equal opportunities in 18 districts throughout the territory.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Ms Anna WU, Chairperson of the Commission said, "Pregnant women are protected against pregnancy discrimination by the Sex Discrimination Ordinance (SDO). The Commission is very concerned about the growing trend of complaints relating to pregnancy discrimination. The number of complaints against pregnancy discrimination increased from 13 in 1997, to 28 in 1998 and 64 in 1999. "
"In order to raise public awareness of pregnancy discrimination, the Commission has organised a public education campaign from December 1999 to February 2000," said Ms WU. "Activities of the campaign included advertisements at MTR stations and newspapers, feature articles in women magazines and newsletters of workers' unions and a roadshow. A survey to gauge the extent of pregnancy discrimination is being conducted."
The highlight of today's roadshow was a panel discussion on pregnancy discrimination. Guests participating in the session included Legislative Council Members Dr YEUNG Sum and Ms Cyd HO Sau-lan, and Chairman of Southern District Council, Mr. Joseph CHAN.
In addition to the panel discussion, the roadshow featured singing and drama performances, exhibitions, video presentations, quiz games and a "meet the public" session.
For press enquiries, please contact:
Mr Sam Ho, Equal Opportunities Officer(Promotion)
Tel.: 2106 2187
Enquiry: Mr. Sam HO 21062187