International Day of Sign Languages will be observed on Friday 23rd September, and we are taking the opportunity to raise awareness and support deaf people and other sign language users, as well as encourage members of the public to consider learning sign language.
To read more visit: https://newsday.co.tt/2022/09/19/why-not-learn-sign-language/
On September 18, United Nations (UN) member states commemorated International Equal Pay Day. This day is dedicated to raising awareness of unequal pay for women and pushing to close the gender pay gap. Equal pay means that men and women in the same employment, performing equal work must receive equal rewards.
To read more visit: https://newsday.co.tt/2022/09/12/equal-pay-day-in-tt-still-an-issue/
On May 9, we explained why the employer should take issues of sexual harassment seriously and what they should do to try to prevent it. Today we will consider what the employer should do when harassment actually occurs, that is, what would be appropriate corrective responses.
To read more visit: https://newsday.co.tt/2022/09/05/sexual-harassment-and-the-employer-2/
We See flags and buntings in our national colours red, white and black adorning buildings throughout the country. It is an indication that our nation’s independence anniversary is nigh. However, this year is not like any other year, it is Trinidad and Tobago’s diamond jubilee anniversary. It is a suitable time for us to reflect on what we prioritise as a society and decide if this is the path we would like to continue traversing together.
To read more visit: https://newsday.co.tt/2022/08/29/let-us-go-forward-in-unity/
Today marks International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion, an observation on the United Nations (UN) human rights calendar. The day is designed to draw attention to those who suffered or were persecuted for trying to exercise their freedom of religion or belief.
To read more visit: https://newsday.co.tt/2022/08/22/the-right-to-freedom-of-religion/
We should celebrate our unity across our differences on the nation’s diamond jubilee 60th Independence Day. The Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) said that even though there is much we need to work on as a nation, we for the most part, co-exist peacefully and are tolerant; this forms part of our national identity. We should focus on the positives and aspire to deepen this unity. This is why the EOC is hosting an Instagram photo and video competition called “Real Unity”.
The Equal Opportunity Act empowers the Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) to resolve discrimination matters fairly and impartially and, further, escalate a matter if there is no resolution or non-compliance. In some instances, consequences for non-compliance can hit an individual or a company in the pocket. In today’s column, we will explore three ways in which the act has both bark and bite in its pursuit of equality of treatment for all.
To read more visit: https://newsday.co.tt/2022/08/15/bark-and-bite-of-the-act/
The categories included in the Equal Opportunity Act (EOA) are broad and provide coverage for a wide range of services and accommodations. In previous columns, we discussed three categories, which are employment, education and provision of accommodation. Today we will address the fourth and final category covered by the act, which is provision of goods and services.
To read more visit: https://newsday.co.tt/2022/08/08/final-category-covered-by-eoa/
Did you know that Trinidad and Tobago was the first independent country in the world to officially declare Emancipation Day as a public holiday to celebrate the abolition of slavery? On August 1, 1985, Emancipation Day replaced Columbus Discovery Day, which commemorated the arrival of Columbus to Moruga. It made the shift from celebrating the moment our country was colonised to instead honouring and celebrating our African ancestors who brought a rich culture to our shores and the contributions of their descendants to our country’s development.
To read more visit: https://newsday.co.tt/2022/08/01/emancipation-greetings-from-the-eoc/
The Equal Opportunity Act (the Act) can offer redress for persons who have been discriminated against while seeking or already occupying accommodation.
To read more visit: https://newsday.co.tt/2022/07/25/help-for-the-discriminated/
The Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) joins United Nations members in celebrating Nelson Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day). Each year on July 18, the birthday of Mandela, the world unites to reflect on the life and legacy of this global advocate for equality, justice, dignity and human rights.
To read more visit: https://newsday.co.tt/2022/07/18/nelson-mandela-day/