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Equal Opportunities Commission launches awareness campaign

For Release Upon Receipt - March 19, 2010

St. Augustine

“Understanding and Promoting Equality in Trinidad and Tobago” is the theme of a panel discussion to be held on Friday 9th April, 2010 from 10am to 1pm at the Rudranath Capildeo Learning Resource Centre, Mc Bean, Couva. The panel discussion is the first in a series of public events being organised by The Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) to raise awareness of and encourage debate on issues of social equality.

The primary task of the EOC is to oversee implementation of the Equal Opportunity Act No. 69 of 2000, which prohibits certain kinds of discrimination and seeks to promote equal opportunity among all citizens of Trinidad and Tobago. The Commissioners are Professor John La Guerre (Chair), Eastlyn McKenzie (Vice Chairman), Ms Stephanie Daly, Ms Beverly Beckles and Dr Hamid Ghany, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at The University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine.

The panel will be chaired by Dr. Eastlyn Mc Kenzie, Vice-Chairman of the EOC. Proposed panelists include: Professor Rhoda Reddock (Deputy Principal, UWI St. Augustine); Mr. Anton La Fond (Complete Assistance Respect and Equality for the Elderly and Disabled); Mr. Deosaran Bisnath (President of Global Organization of People Indian Origin Trinidad and Tobago); Mr. Devant Maharaj (Indo Trinbago Equality Council); Mr. Aiyegoro Ome (National Joint Action Committee); and Mr. Deokinanan Sharma (President of National Commission for Indian Culture).

For more information, please consult the official website at or contact Mrs Ria Mohammed Pollard, Communications Specialist, at  or (868) 623 7322 or 368 5134.


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