Men must do the housework

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 December, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 December, 1993, 12:00am

I WOULD like to discuss the issue of equal opportunity for women and men.

The majority of Hong Kong citizens would raise a question: what is equal opportunity between women and men? Equal opportunity means that both women and men are given the same chances and choices to exercise their rights in all aspects of society.

The Government Green Paper reviews to a certain extent the opinion that it is possible to have some differences in educational attainment, specific job requirement, length of service and experience between men and women. In terms of those views, some women have been discriminated against by their employers.

It has been claimed that there is insufficient clear research evidence or proof to support the Government argument.

In 1991, around 20 per cent of employees working at managerial level were women. In fact, 80.2 per cent of clerical and related workers were female. However, I would tend to think that this point cannot be used to show that women are treated in an unequal way.

I believe that if women perform well in their job, they must have the chance to reach higher managerial level. For example, the Chief Secretary is now Anson Chan.

Some form of equal pay or anti-discrimination legislation should be put in place to promote equal opportunities in Hong Kong.

I would also urge the Government to adopt the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in Hong Kong. Together, legislation and CEDAW may be effective in ensuring equal opportunities.

The Government has a moral responsibility to educate the public through television and other media. Men have the obligation to share in housework because they are a part of their households.

Finally, it seems to me that the Green Paper reflects a lack of knowledge about equal opportunities.

ALEX AU New Territories