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Response to the decision to discontinue GATE funding to persons over 50

The Equal Opportunity Commission (the Commission) refers to the decision taken by Cabinet to discontinue the Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) funding for persons over the age of 50. Though provisions have been made for continuing students (over the age of 50) already enrolled in undergraduate programmes, the Commission is disheartened by this development and is of the view that the position is discriminatory.

Visiting members of Parliamentarians for Global Action meets with the Equal Opportunity Commission

The Chairman and Commissioners of the Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC), received a courtesy call from visiting members of Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at the EOC’s office in Chaguanas. The visiting members of PGA comprised Dip. Minou Tavárez Mirabel, President, Dr. David Donat Cattin, Secretary General and Mónica Adame, Programme Director.

Response to CNC3’s Six Months In - An Interview with the Prime Minister on Discrimination in Trinidad and Tobago

The Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) is very pleased to note the statements of the Prime Minister, the Honourable Dr Keith Rowley to the effect that he does not support any aspect of behaviour which discriminates against people and which gives them rights that others do not have. This was in response to a question asked of him by journalist Golda Lee Bruce, whether he was okay with the fact that persons who claim to be discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation have no recourse under the Equal Opportunity Act Chapter 22:03.

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What is the Equal Opportunity Act?
 It is an Act which seeks to prohibit certain kinds of discrimination, to promote equality of opportunity between persons of different status and circumstance and to establish an Equal Opportunity Commission and an Equal Opportunity Tribunal