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Seniors from multicultural backgrounds are receiving assistance to help them get connected online.
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 10:00

Celebrating NAIDOC Week in our July eNews

To mark NAIDOC week, Aunty Zeta Thomson spoke to Commission staff about the significance of Welcomes to and Acknowledgements of Country, and shared with us a bit about her family history. Aunty Zeta also took part in our Q&A for this edition of the eNews. 
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes legislation introduced to the Parliament of Victoria today that will help ensure domestic violence orders made in Victoria can be enforced Australia-wide.
Funding will be provided for a new research and teaching institute to help the disability and aged care sectors to transform and grow.
The Victorian Government is partnering with Aboriginal community-controlled organisations and communities to reduce the number of Aboriginal children and young people in out-of-home care. 
Tuesday, 14 June 2016 17:10

We stand with Orlando

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission sends a message of support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities in light of the Orlando gay club massacre on the weekend.
Children in out-of-home care are being supported to get the best out of their education with the launch of the new LOOKOUT Education Support Centre. 
The Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities (ACHRA), which comprises the State, Territory and Federal human rights and discrimination authorities, recently met in Sydney to consider a number of issues of common concern and interest.
At a special lunch on 2 June, Kristen Hilton, Victoria's Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner, thanked and farewelled the members of our outgoing Disability Reference Group (DRG), who have served a two-year term from 2014–16.
Women with an intellectual disability are almost 70 per cent more likely to be victims of domestic violence, but they are often overlooked by shelters and support services because their needs are seen as too complicated, as reported by the ABC's PM program on 26 May.
Thursday, 26 May 2016 00:00

National Sorry Day

Today is National Sorry Day; a day for commemorating the Stolen Generations and reflecting on the great injustices that were committed against Aboriginal Australians with the forced removal of children from their families, communities and culture.
To coincide with today’s formal apology from the Victorian Government to the LGBTI community for those convicted under unjust and prejudiced laws against homosexual acts, the Commission’s latest film in the Pride not Prejudice series deals with the issue of expunged homosexual convictions.
The Commission welcomes "Recruit Smarter", an 18-month pilot program which aims to counter any potential bias during recruitment and ensure candidates get the best opportunities regardless of their background.
Recent news coverage has reported on a story of a primary school refusing a female student’s request to wear pants to school. The Grade 1 student wished to wear pants because she was uncomfortable playing sport, running and climbing in her heavy school tunic and thick stockings. Although the school…
In recognition of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, the Commission is pleased to present the latest film in our series that examines discrimination against LGBTI communities in Victoria.
Tuesday, 17 May 2016 12:01

No place for racism in sport

The recent series of incidents where sporting players paint their face black as part of their fancy-dress costumes highlight how far we have to go in stamping out racism in Victoria.
Law Week is an annual festival of mainly free events held all over Victoria with the aim of making learning about the law easy, fun and informative.
Chairperson of the Board of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, Mr John Searle, today announced the appointment of Kristen Hilton as the new Commissioner of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. Ms Hilton will commence her role on 1 June 2016.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission congratulates the Centre for Advancing Journalism on the launch of its new website, Uncovered.
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