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I would like to acknowledge International Day of People with Disability, a United Nations sanctioned day to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their rights, dignity and well-being.
Today on International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), the Commission is urging employers to reject the common misconceptions about hiring people with disabilities and consider the many benefits they bring to the workplace.
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 12:11

Pride Cup wins VicHealth Award

The Victorian Opportunity and Human Rights Commission’s Pride Cup initiative has won a VicHealth Award for ‘Building better health through sport’.
A new picture book for children is helping kids and their families understand gender diversity and deal with the issues faced by transgender children.
The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has launched a national consultation report reflecting on the nation’s 40 years since the introduction of the landmark Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth).
Victoria’s 10 year mental health plan has been released today, aiming to promote mental health and wellbeing, reducing suicide rates and providing better access to and choice about services for people with mental illness.
The inaugural Victoria Against Violence: 16 Days of Activism campaign begins today 25 November, bringing together families, businesses, students, community groups and organisations across Victoria for one common purpose: to unite to end family and gender violence.
A new campaign is aiming to increase the numbers and diversity of women who participate as candidates in Victoria’s 79 local government elections in October 2016.
Social inclusion and harmony are the focus of ‘Embrace Diversity’, a social media campaign and website that aims to engage people across Australia.
The planned anti-Islam and anti-racism protests that took place in Melton on Sunday only serve to fan the flames of hate in our community.
The Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities (ACHRA), which comprises the State, Territory and Federal human rights and discrimination authorities, met in Hobart to consider a number of issues of common concern and interest.
Friday, 13 November 2015 14:05

Same-sex couples have the right to adopt

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes the move to legalise adoption by same-sex and non-gender specific couples in the Adoption Amendment (Adoption by Same-Sex Couples) Bill 2015 (Vic) but is disappointed by the amendment to the Bill that allows agencies to discriminate on religious grounds.
Some of the nation’s most powerful business leaders have come together to acknowledge domestic violence as a workplace issue.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission launched a joint initiative alongside the Victorian Bar’s Commercial Bar Association (CommBar) and members of the Judiciary to target inequitable representation of Victorian women barristers in commercial litigation on Wednesday 11 November.
Despite women first being awarded professional riding licences in Australia close to four decades ago, there have only ever been four female jockeys to race a Melbourne Cup. To say that progress has been slow is an understatement.
The Commission welcomes the launch of a new Easy English resource from Victoria Police about people’s rights when reporting crime. The resource was developed in partnership with the Commission with input from a range of stakeholders.
A new online guide launched by Women’s Health Victoria has been developed to support primary prevention efforts for violence against women.
Children’s Week is a national celebration that showcases the achievements of children and young people, and spreads the message that every child has the right to learn, be safe and grow up happy and healthy.
The Commission welcomes two new resources launched this week aimed at supporting families of children with disabilities or additional learning needs.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is calling for expressions of interest from secondary schools wishing to participate in the 2016 Fair go, sport! supported-practice project.
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