Much to celebrate; long way still to go

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 October, 2011, 12:00am
 

Every one of us has a woman to thank. All around us are women who are successful, who have achieved much and who we can look up to. In our homes, in offices, schools and hospitals, in business, government and in sport there are those deserving of our praise and gratitude. They are why this month, the South China Morning Post and Sunday Morning Post will be dedicating themselves to a special campaign, 'A Celebration of Women'. Throughout October, we will report on the achievements of women in Hong Kong, the mainland and elsewhere. On our pages and in special publications will be stories of success and attainment, from the home to the boardroom and beyond. We will find out what it takes to break through the glass ceiling and what more needs to be done.

In Hong Kong, there are successful women all around - business executives such as Pansy Ho Chiu-king; our most popular lawmaker, Audrey Eu Yuet-mee; and award-winning actress Maggie Cheung Man-yuk to name but a few. On the mainland, there is a new breed of financially independent women making huge strides in business, education, science and government, such as paper recycling tycoon Zhang Yin - the mainland's richest person. There are inspiring women all over the world, among them Brazil's president, Dilma Rousseff, who last month became the first woman to open the annual session of the UN General Assembly, PepsiCo chief executive Indra Nooyi, and Myanmar's pro-democracy icon, Aung San Suu Kyi.

But the fact there are so many women of note does not mean women have nothing left to fight for. Much more needs to be done. While they account for more than half the world's population, women are underrepresented in the top ranks of the world's legislatures, in judiciaries, civil services and the business world. In many parts of Asia, the struggle is tough, with equality in the home and workplace still some way off. So while we will be celebrating success, we will also be highlighting the prejudices still to be overcome.

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