Women to press Patten on sexual equality

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 07 September, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 07 September, 1993, 12:00am

GOVERNOR Chris Patten is expected to receive an urgent request within days to include sexual equality in his October policy speech.

Fifteen women's groups will post a letter to Mr Patten today seeking a meeting to discuss sexual discrimination before he finalises his policies.

If he refuses to meet them before the end of the month, they will petition Government House.

The groups said they could not wait for the tedious process of the Green Paper on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men to take effect.

The City and New Territories Administration (CNTA) would take submissions until December 31, so any action such as equal pay legislation would take up to a year.

Association for the Advancement of Feminism executive secretary Tsang Gar-yin said the groups had written to the Governor three times since his arrival last year seeking a meeting.

''We were very disappointed because he kept saying he was too busy.

''He pays so much attention to social policy areas such as human rights and democratisation that we know the government approach to managing local affairs is changing.

''We want to ensure women's rights is on the social agenda.'' The group also will meet the CNTA in the next two weeks to express disagreement with the Green Paper analysis, which suggested significant progress in women's rights, equality and achievements.

The group will urge the CNTA to propose adoption of the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women.