International Women's Day

City women to join show of solidarity

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 March, 2012, 12:00am


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The Join Me on the Bridge campaign reaches Hong Kong for the first time tomorrow: International Women's Day. The global campaign is aimed at gathering as many people as possible on bridges in support of women in war-torn regions working to rebuild lives and communities.

The local leg, organised by The Women's Foundation, takes place from noon until 12.30pm at the Rotunda Terrace, Exchange Square, in Central. Participants will be offered complimentary coffee and muffins donated by the restaurant chain Classified.

'The risks these women take are on a different scale compared to what we have here. It's a cause that goes to the heart of what we do,' said Su-Mei Thompson, the foundation's chief executive.

The foundation is also hosting a gala lunch today at the Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel, and a cocktail party tomorrow. The keynote speaker at the party will be Mervyn Davies, formerly a Hong Kong-based chief executive of Standard Chartered. There will also be a breakfast on Friday for 120 woman directors to discuss how women can more effectively position themselves for roles on company boards.

Thompson added that the fight for equal opportunities for women in Hong Kong still had a long way to go.

'It hasn't changed. We still have very sexist local media and gaps in the education system to train women to be leaders.'