About

Vision

A society which is free from discrimination and prejudice, where human rights and diversity are respected, and where there is equality of opportunity for all.

Mission

The Equal Opportunity Commission works towards the elimination of discrimination and the promotion of equality of opportunity through advocacy, public education, research and the conciliation of complaints.


 UNDERSTANDING THE EOC

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

How does the Act protect me?
The Equal Opportunity Act seeks to protect citizens against discrimination as it relates to employment, education, the provision of goods and services and the provision of accommodation. Under the Act, citizens are entitled to equality and fair treatment for all, despite different racial, ethnic, religious, marital and gender backgrounds. Further, all persons are entitled to equal treatment despite geographical origin or physical disabilities.

What are the different forms of discrimination?
According to the Act, discrimination can be characterised in three ways:

  1. Discrimination on the grounds of status, whereby a person can be treated unfairly due to some form of stereotyping based on their religious, ethnic, racial or gender background.
  2. Discrimination in the form of victimisation, whereby a person of a particular background or circumstance can be treated unfairly because they have chosen to speak up, stand up for their rights, defend an idea or another person, or challenge existing practices or behaviours.
  3. Discrimination through the use of offensive behaviour directed at an individual or group, where such a person or group is humiliated, insulted or intimidated in a public place purely on the basis of their race, ethnicity, origin, social status, appearance or other circumstance.


How do I lodge a complaint?
Persons who believe that they have been discriminated against can submit a written complaint to the Equal Opportunity Commission. This complaint should provide all details which describe the alleged act of discrimination and should be submitted within six months after the alleged act.

What is the Equal Opportunity Commission?
The Equal Opportunity Commission was established in 2000. Commissioners were appointed by the President after consultation with the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition in April 2008. The Commission is comprised of five Commissioners, including a Chairman and a Vice Chairman.

What are the functions of the Commission?

  • Work towards the elimination of discrimination.
  • Promote equality of opportunity and good relations between persons of different ethnic and religious backgrounds.
  • Receive, investigate and as far as possible, conciliate allegations of discrimination.
  • Develop, conduct and foster research and education programmes and other programmes for the purpose of eliminating discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity and good relations between persons of different races, ethnicities, religions, geographical origins, marital status, gender or physical disabilities.
  • Prepare and publish appropriate guidelines for the avoidance of discrimination.