Equal Opportunities Commission
The Equal Opportunities Commission held a briefing session on job and training opportunities for ethnic minorities
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) held a briefing session on Job Opportunities for Ethnic Minorities in Airline, Public Transport, Elderly Care & Personal Heath Care Industries on 16 December 2016 (Friday) at the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education.
EOC Article: Treat breastfeeding mothers with respect and dignity
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) condemns the action of a taxi driver who recently posted a photo of a breastfeeding passenger on the internet, and indeed all discriminatory and harassment acts against breastfeeding women. Not only is the act disrespectful towards women and infringes upon the passenger’s privacy, it also hinders the establishment of a breastfeeding-friendly environment. Mothers have a duty to look after their children. The public needs to respect their right to breastfeeding.
LegCo Presidents & Members Join Leaders from the Government and Other Sectors to Celebrate the EOC’s 20th Anniversary
This evening (17 November 2016), at The Harbourview in Wan Chai, the current and four past Chairpersons of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) welcomed some 200 guests, including top Government officials, legislators, members of the consular corps, and heads of public organisations and NGOs, to an important occasion – the 20th Anniversary Reception of the EOC, which was established in 1996 and has been tirelessly advancing the equality frontiers in Hong Kong for two decades.
The EOC issues response to a joint letter regarding the sexual assault case at the Bridge of Rehabilitation
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has issued the following statement with regard to a joint letter presented to the EOC today (16 November 2016) by a concern group established by legislators The Hon LAU Siu-lai, Fernando CHEUNG Chiu-hung and SHIU Ka-chun, district councillor CHOW Wai-hung and various groups on the sexual assault case at the private residential care home, Bridge of Rehabilitation:
The EOC Releases Guide for Law Enforcement Officers on Communicating with Persons with Autism
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) held a press conference today (3 November 2016) to release a new publication, Autism: A Guide for Law Enforcement Officers Communicating with Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders (the “Guide”). The Guide was developed in the light of a recent wrongful arrest of a person with autism for homicide by the police. It aims at enhancing the sensitivity of and providing reference for police and other law enforcement officers in handling persons with autism spectrum disorders when performing their duties.
The EOC Issues Statement on District Court Ruling on Sex Discrimination
With regard to the District Court judgment for the case of YIU Shui-kwong (assisted by Equal Opportunities Commission) v Legend World Asia Group Limited, handed down on 27 October 2016, the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has issued the following statement today (28 October 2016):
EOC article: Urgent call to protect people with disabilities living in residential care homes
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) is deeply disappointed that the sexual assault case involving the former superintendant of a private residential care home for people with disabilities (PWDs) had to be dropped by the court and that the rights of the victim, a former resident of the care home, are not protected. That said, the EOC will not comment on the details of the case, as there may be further new developments.
The EOC Announces Findings of the Study on Discrimination against Ethnic Minorities in the Provision of Goods, Services and Facilities, and Disposal and Management of Premises
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has released today (21 September 2016) the findings of the “Study on Discrimination against Ethnic Minorities in the Provision of Goods, Services and Facilities, and Disposal and Management of Premises”. The findings show that it is common for ethnic minorities (EMs) to encounter discrimination when they are obtaining goods and services, especially when they are looking for accommodation and using financial services. The study also found that many providers of goods and services hold stereotypical and biased views of EMs, with cultural differences and language barrier cited as some possible causes of discrimination.
The EOC Gives Legal Assistance in Sexual Harassment Case
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) had today (19 September 2016) 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 colleague on a number of occasions
The EOC Organises Seminar on Anti-sexual Harassment for Social Service Sector
Around 100 agency heads and representatives of the social service sector attended the seminar on anti-sexual harassment last Thursday (18 August 2016). The seminar, jointly organised by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) and the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS), aimed to promote the message of preventing sexual harassment to the social service sector, and to equip the organisations concerned with the skills to formulate their own policy on preventing sexual harassment and to handle related complaints.
The EOC Launches Guidance Booklet on Racial Integration for Schools and Parents
Promoting equal educational opportunities for ethnic minorities in Hong Kong has long been a priority work area of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC). In keeping with this focus, the EOC has launched a new booklet for school administrators and staff as well as parents, titled “Promotion of Racial Integration and Prevention of Racial Discrimination in Schools”.
The EOC Gives Legal Assistance in Disability Discrimination Case – provision of public transport service
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has issued today (29 July 2016) legal proceedings in the District Court under the Disability Discrimination Ordinance, Cap. 487, on behalf of a person with impaired physical mobility. The Claimant and his wife are both motor wheelchair users, and they have difficulties in crossing the platform gap at some of the MTR stations.
The EOC Announces Findings from The Equal Opportunities Awareness Survey 2015
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has released today (18 July 2016) the findings from the “Equal Opportunities Awareness Survey 2015”, which has been conducted periodically since 1998 to gauge the general public’s overall attitude and understanding on discrimination issues, as well as to assess the public’s perception on the Commission’s work and effectiveness. In total, 1,500 members of the general public (aged 15 or above) and 213 EOC service users were successfully enumerated via telephone interviews and self-administered questionnaire survey respectively in 2015.
The EOC Announces Findings from the Study on the Challenges Encountered in the Siting of Integrated Community Centres for Mental Wellness and other Social Welfare Facilities in Hong Kong
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has released today (7 July 2016) the findings from the “Study on the Challenges Encountered in the Siting of Integrated Community Centres for Mental Wellness and other Social Welfare Facilities in Hong Kong”. The Study revealed that the challenges faced by the Integrated Community Centres for Mental Wellness (ICCMWs) is another example of the “Not in My Backyard” syndrome. Instead of solely blaming the selfishness of some leaders and residents of the community, the Study illustrated that the public misunderstanding of persons with mental illness and mental health facilities is the underlying reason for such resistance, which is intensified by the less than perfect public consultation process. The EOC believed that there is room for improvement in the public consultation process, and requested the Government to consider increasing the land supply for social welfare use.
The EOC Issues Statement on District Court Ruling on Race Discrimination in Police Activities
With regard to the District Court judgment, handed down on 30 May 2016, in the case of Singh Arjun (by his next friend Singh Anita Guruprit) v Secretary for Justice & Hung Kai Kam (DCEO 9/2011), the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has issued today (31 May 2016) the following statement:
The EOC Announces Findings from the Study on Pregnancy Discrimination and Negative Perceptions Faced by Pregnant Women and Working Mothers in Small and Medium Enterprises
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has released today (4 May 2016) the findings from the “Study on Pregnancy Discrimination and Negative Perceptions Faced by Pregnant Women and Working Mothers in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)”, which reveal that unfavourable treatment of pregnant employees and working mothers is occurring in the Hong Kong SME workplace. Overall, over one in five (22%) employee respondents reported that they were discriminated during pregnancy, maternity leave, and/or within the first year after returning to work from giving birth.
EOC Article: Business Promotion Does Not Take Precedence Over Equal Opportunities
The District Court has provisionally ruled in the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC)’s favour in a test case, where a man who was assisted by the EOC contested that he was treated unfairly on the ground of his sex because he was charged HK$300 for entry, well above the HK$100+ charge levied on women, into a bar from Sunday to Friday during normal business hours. As this involved a default judgment and the case is still technically ongoing, the EOC will not discuss the specifics of the case in detail.
EOC Promotes Equal Opportunities through Funding Programme
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) is to promote equal opportunities through its Community Participation Funding Programme.
The EOC Makes Recommendations to the Government on Comprehensive Reforms to the Anti-Discrimination Legislation
Today (29 March 2016), the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) released its recommendations to the Government of the Hong Kong SAR on proposed reforms to the existing four anti-discrimination ordinances. This submission is the culmination of the Commission’s Discrimination Law Review (DLR), including a four-month public consultation that concluded on 31 October 2014, which sought to simplify, harmonise and modernise the anti-discrimination legislation.
The EOC Welcomes the Appointment of Professor Alfred CHAN Cheung-ming as next Chairperson
The Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission, Dr. York CHOW, welcomes the appointment of Prof. Alfred CHAN Cheung-ming, SBS, JP as the new Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) for a term of three years, effective from 11 April 2016.
Chairperson of Equal Opportunities Commission appointed (Issued by the Government of the Hong Kong SAR)
The Government announced today (March 18) that under the provisions of the Sex Discrimination Ordinance (Cap. 480), the Chief Executive has appointed Professor Alfred Chan Cheung-ming as Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) for a term of three years commencing April 11, 2016.
The EOC Reports on Work Plans and Progress
Members of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) met on 17 March 2016 (Thursday) at the 113th EOC Meeting and discussed various matters related to the Commission’s business, including the latest work progress of the EOC’s strategic priorities.
The EOC Announces Winning Results of the Equal Opportunities Micro Film Competition
How to accept and care about classmates with special educational needs (SEN)? How to overcome your disabilities and live your life to the fullest? How to work against all odds even when facing discrimination? These are the themes of the prize-winning entries to the Equal Opportunities Micro Film Competition organised by Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC). The Competition was successfully held and the winning results were already announced on 13 March 2016. The winning entries have been uploaded to the EOC YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/user/HKEOC) today (16 March 2016) for public viewing.
"Equal Opportunities Diversity Project": The EOC and RTHK Radio 2 Jointly Organise Event to Celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2016
To raise public awareness on racial equality in Hong Kong and to promote the message of equal opportunities, the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) and Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) Radio 2 jointly organised a public event today (13 March 2016) in celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) 2016 at Discovery Park in Tsuen Wan.
The EOC Announces Findings of the Study on Legislation against Discrimination on the Grounds of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) released today (26 January 2016) the findings of the Study on Legislation against Discrimination on the Grounds of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity (SOGI) and Intersex Status, which was commissioned to the Gender Research Centre of the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).
The EOC Announces Findings of the Exploratory Study on Age Discrimination in Employment
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) released today (7 January 2016) the findings of the “Exploratory Study on Age Discrimination in Employment”, which shows that over one-third of employed respondents indicated they had experienced age discrimination in the last five years. The study also found that there is substantial support among employees across all age groups for legislation against age discrimination.