Equal Opportunities Commission
EOC Welcomes District Court Ruling
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) welcomes the judgment delivered in the District Court today (23 December 2005), which ruled in favour of an employee, a secretary, who was subjected to unlawful discrimination on the ground of her pregnancy and family status.
EOC Contingency Plan during the World Trade Organization (Hong Kong) Ministerial Conference
In response to the government advice for the public to avoid travel to congested areas in Wanchai North during the Ministerial Conference, the Equal Opportunities Commission announces the following contingency measures:
EOC Statement on International Day of Disabled Persons
In supporting the United Nation's International Day of Disabled Persons (3 December 2005), Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), Mr. Raymond TANG said, "Complaints filed under the Disability Discrimination Ordinance (DDO) and research conducted by the Commission highlight barriers faced by persons with disabilities on a daily basis, such as in employment, accessibility, the health services and education. For those affected these are basic human rights issues, and directly impact in a very material way on persons with disabilities in the development of their abilities and participation in our society."
EOC Statement on World AIDS Day
In supporting the United Nations' World AIDS Day (1 December 2005), Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), Mr. Raymond TANG said, "HIV remains one of the biggest social, economic and health challenges in the world. But with testing and proper treatment, many people are now able to halt or delay the damage caused by HIV. People with HIV/AIDS should be treated with respect and should not be inhibited from participating in everyday life."
EO Expo 2005 Showcases "Overcoming Adversity to Build a Better Future"
Equal Opportunities Expo, the annual major public education initiative of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), was launched today (29 October 2005) at Lok Fu Shopping Centre. "Overcoming Adversity to Build a Better Future" is the theme for this year's programme, which runs from November through December 2005. Over 20 activities ranging from exhibitions, talks, workshops, visits and carnivals organized or funded by the Commission will be held during this period to promote equal opportunities.
EOC Gives Legal Assistance in Disability Discrimination Case
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has today (23 September 2005) issued legal proceedings under the Disability Discrimination Ordinance (DDO), Cap. 487 in the District Court on behalf of a woman who alleged that her former employer had discriminated against her by dismissing her on the ground of her disability of neurodermatitis.
EOC Statement on Media Enquiries
In response to media enquiries regarding the recruitment of the Equal Opportunities Commission's (EOC) Chief Legal Counsel, the Commission issues the following:
Launch of "Equal Opportunities Through Your Eyes" Photo Exhibition
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) and Commercial Radio 1 today (6 August 2005) kicked off the "Equal Opportunities (EO) Through Your Eyes" Photo Exhibition to promote the concept of inclusion and acceptance of diversity.
EOC Gives Legal Assistance in Sexual Harassment Case
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has today (28 July 2005) issued legal proceedings under the Sex Discrimination Ordinance (SDO), Cap. 480, in the District Court on behalf of a woman who was sexually harassed by her supervisor. She was subsequently victimized and dismissed after she complained against the sexual harassment.
EOC and Women's Commission co-organize Orientation Camp Game Design Contest to Promote Gender Awareness
Representatives of Hong Kong's tertiary education institutes and university students today (21 July 2005) participated in the first "Orientation Camp Game Design Contest to Promote Gender Awareness", co-organized by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) and the Women's Commission (WoC).
EOC Concludes 3-Day Beijing Exchange
Members and senior staff of the Equal Opportunities Commission have concluded a three day intensive exchange programme to seven relevant NGOs and government departments in Beijing, and returned to Hong Kong last Friday, 15 July, 2005.
EOC Embarks on 3-Day Beijing Exchange
Members of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) have today (12 July 2005) begun a study programme of relevant government departments and organizations in Beijing, including visits this week to the All China Women's Federation, the China Disabled Persons' Federation and the State Ethnic Affairs Commission.
Launching of Equal Opportunities TV Docu-drama Series
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) announces a Year 2005 educational initiative today (19 April 2005) by launching a new TV docu-drama series on discriminatory cases, entitled "A Mission for Equal Opportunities" (非常平等任務). Produced by Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), the 6 episodes will be broadcast on TVB Jade channel every Wednesday from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. beginning tomorrow, 20 April 2005.
EOC Welcomes New Members
Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission, Mr. Raymond TANG, welcomes the appointment of new Commission members announced by the Government today. EOC Chairperson, Mr. TANG said, "We look forward to working with our new members, who can provide expertise and knowledge from their respective backgrounds to mainstream equal opportunities in Hong Kong. I am certain their valuable input will help to advance our work in eliminating disability, gender and family status discrimination."
EOC Welcomes District Court Ruling
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) welcomes the judgment delivered in the District Court today (18 April 2005), which ruled in favour of an employee, a teacher, who was ill and that an employer had committed an unlawful act of disability discrimination by dismissing him on account of his illness.
EOC Gives Legal Assistance in Pregnancy Discrimination Case
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has today (29 March 2005) issued legal proceedings under the Sex Discrimination Ordinance, Cap. 480 in the District Court on behalf of a woman who alleges that she was discriminated against by her former employer on the ground of her pregnancy in that she was dismissed during her pregnancy.
EOC Statement on International Women's Day
In observance of the United Nations' International Women's Day, Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission, Mr. Raymond Tang said, "Hong Kong recognizes women's strong contribution in our society. Remarkable progress has been made in recent decades, women now take on many roles, in the family, as well as in the political, social, cultural and economic fields. But barriers and prejudice still exist, preventing many women from realizing their full potential. Removing these barriers such as discrimination and stereotyping remain high on the Commission's agenda."
EOC Promotes FSDO through Funding Programme
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) aims to promote better understanding of the Family Status Discrimination Ordinance (FSDO) through its 2005/06 "Community Participation Funding Programme on Equal Opportunities", it was announced today (3 March 2005). The funding programme aims to encourage community organizations and schools to carry out projects in promoting equal opportunities and eliminating discrimination on the grounds of family status, sex, marital status, pregnancy and disability. As the FSDO is the latest of Hong Kong's three anti-discrimination ordinances, preference will be given to related applications.
EOC Supports Work of Commission on Poverty
Responding to the first meeting of the Commission on Poverty, the Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission, Raymond TANG said, "The EOC supports the work of the Commission on Poverty, and we urge its members to ensure that a level playing field is created for those marginalized in our society. Empowerment must be a top priority for the Commission on Poverty, in order to meet the needs of different groups, whether in access to equal opportunity in education, housing, health services or the employment field."
EOC Statement on the Independent Panel of Inquiry Report
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) shares the view held by the Independent Panel of Inquiry, that concerted efforts are required to enhance the credibility of the EOC. The Commission and staff will align their efforts to attain that goal. We shall ensure that serious consideration be given to implement recommendations in the Report that would effect a relevant impact on the accountability, transparency, governance and credibility of the EOC.