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The Equal Opportunities Commission Staged its Second Community Roadshow


The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) staged its second community roadshow today (25 April 1999) at Kowloon City Plaza where politicians and Members of the EOC debated on sex discrimination issues.

The event was the second of a series of roadshows to promote equal opportunities in all 18 districts throughout the territory. The highlight of this roadshow was a debate on the motion "It is reasonable to hire only women as secretaries". Participating in the debate were:

For the motion

The Honourable James To Kun-sun, Member of the Legislative Council

The Honourable Chan Yuen-han, Member of the Legislative Council

The Honourable Daniel Lam Wai-keung, Member of the Provisional Regional Council

Against the motion

The Honourable Emily Lau Wai-hing, Member of the Legislative Council

Ms. Anna Wu Hung-yuk, Member of the Equal Opportunities Commission

Ms. Tsui Hung-Ying, Member of the Kowloon City Provisional District Board

"I'm very pleased that this debate was held to discuss stereotypes which may be taken for granted for many people. Some employers may not realize that refusing to hire qualified men as secretaries may contravene the Sex Discrimination Ordinance. The debate helps to illustrate the principles of equal opportunities," said Dr. Fanny Cheung Mui-ching, Chairperson of the EOC.

The opening ceremony was officiated by Dr. Fanny CHEUNG Mui-ching; Mr. Tang Po-hong, Chairman of the Provisional District Board, Kowloon City; Mr. Charles Chan, District Officer of the Kowloon City District Office as well as the six members in the debate team as listed above.

In addition to the debate, the roadshow featured exhibitions, video presentations, quiz games and a "meeting the public" programme aimed at enhancing public understanding of equal opportunities.

Enquiry: Mr. Sam HO        21062187