Gender Equality

Taiwanese women embrace 'male' careers but gender gap remains

 woman walks with an umbrella during lunch in Taipei, Taiwan. Photo: Reuters

Irene Yen could have chosen to go to university like many 19-year-olds, but instead she opted to swap lecture halls and libraries for a bracing life as a member of the military coastguard patrolling a lonely archipelago.

Sunday, 24 November, 2013, 11:32am

Quit the military now, Australian army chief tells misogynists

Ground crew and a pilot of Royal Australian Air Force. Photo: AFP

Australia's army chief yesterday told troops to quit if they could not respect women, warning he would ruthlessly rid the military of misogynist men after a new sex scandal exploded.

15 Jun 2013 - 2:47am

Hong Kong universities lack female leadership, says pro-vice chancellor of Chinese University

Fanny Cheung. Photo: David Wong

Women have long broken through the glass ceiling in public life in Hong Kong. No one blinks an eye if the chief secretary for administration or the permanent secretary for education is a woman, and it might not be long before we have our first female chief executive.

20 May 2013 - 11:50am

ANZ Hong Kong's chief executive Susan Yuen is banking on equality

Susan Yuen

When Susan Yuen Su-min first started out in banking in the 1980s, there were only a handful of women at the top in a world crawling with men in suits. Twenty years on, Yuen is the chief executive of the 1,100-staff ANZ Hong Kong. Looking back, she says male dominance in banking was linked to traditional reasons. 

20 Apr 2013 - 5:46am

Gender equality in Hong Kong comes at the expense of foreign domestic workers

Live-in arrangement puts foreign domestic helpers on an uneven footing with their employers and permits abuse.

Early last month, a group of foreign domestic helpers protested against the requirement that they live with their employers. PathFinders, an organisation that works with distressed migrant workers, says the live-in arrangement puts helpers on an uneven footing with their employers and permits abuse. This comes on top of their "minimum allowable wage" of HK$3,920 per month, low by Hong Kong standards, and other poor treatment.

12 Apr 2013 - 3:12am

China's empowered women deliver a slap in the face to gender equality

Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook. Photo: Reuters

I'm dedicating this April Fool's Day column to women like Yu Ruiyu, a deputy to the National People's Congress, and Wang Wenya, a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. The women of the world owe the likes of them a standing ovation for so thoroughly botching up this year's International Women's Day and for trampling on the efforts of generations of women in fighting gender bias.

1 Apr 2013 - 3:00am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, March 27, 2013

City streets do not have to be so brightly lit. Photo: EPA

The Hong Kong Baptist University community has raised strong objections to the rezoning of the neighbouring former Lee Wai Lee site for residential use.

27 Mar 2013 - 3:09am

Barclays up the wrong tree

Photo: Xinhua

Private banks and indeed financial institutions of various kinds devote a surprising amount of time to churning out surveys of wealthy people’s investing habits, attitudes to risk, and spending. While some of these are quite entertaining, such as the Forbes billionaires list or the Hurun Report into the financial habits of China’s super-rich, many are just baffling.

12 Mar 2013 - 9:29pm

Gender equality still a distant dream

Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook Inc. Photo: Bloomberg

Everyone agrees on the need to promote gender equality. Yet, everywhere, it remains an elusive goal. Of course, it varies between nations and regions. In rich countries and advanced economies, the debate is often about how women can "have it all", that is, both having a family and pursuing a successful career.

12 Mar 2013 - 3:14am

Women's Day must support migrants

Aleta Miller, executive director of Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre

Every year, Hong Kong hosts several initiatives to mark International Women's Day on March 8. It is an occasion to celebrate women's accomplishments and tackle gender equality issues.

However, the concerns of some of Hong Kong's most vulnerable groups - refugee and migrant women - are conspicuously absent from these conversations.

8 Mar 2013 - 3:49am

S Korea's economy must top Park Geun-hye's agenda

Park Geun-hye has to focus on rejuvenating South Korea's economy. Photo: AFP

South Korea's recently-inaugurated president, Park Geun-hye, has perhaps the most unenviable job of all Northeast Asia's new leaders. A host of challenges await her attention, the biggest being an economy in the doldrums.

3 Mar 2013 - 3:32am

Xi's 'southern tour' speech shows why women's rights must advance

Xi's 'southern tour' speech shows why women's rights must advance

A speech Xi Jinping made during his "southern tour" last month is being circulated within party ranks, veteran journalist Gao Yu said in an article published on the website of the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle. The full text of the speech has been posted online. If that is indeed the speech Xi made, then it is clear China has a new leader who is more conservative and more intractable than his predecessors.

4 Feb 2013 - 3:02am 1 comment

Paternity leave plan labelled ridiculous by gender equality campaigners

Su-mei Thompson of The Women's Foundation says the city has far to go to catch up with other developed economies. Photo: David Wong

The government's proposal to give new fathers three days' paid leave when it already grants its civil servants five days' paternity leave has been condemned as absurd by a group campaigning for gender equality.

3 Jan 2013 - 7:22am 1 comment

Can South Korea's first woman president, Park Geun-hye, deliver on gender equality?

Park Geun-hye waves to enthusiastic supporters during a campaign rally in front of a railway station in Busan. Photo: Reuters

Park Geun-hye, South Korea's first woman president, will lead a country that is ranked below the likes of Suriname and the United Arab Emirates in gender equality.

South Korea's journey from war-torn poverty to Asia's fourth-largest economy has done little to break the male stranglehold on political and commercial power in what in many ways remains a very conservative nation.

20 Dec 2012 - 3:52am

Park becomes South Korea's first woman president

Park Geun-hye waves to supporters as she arrives at the headquarters of the ruling Saenuri party in Seoul last night after becoming South Korea’s new president. Photo: Reuters

Conservative Park Geun-hye, the daughter of South Korea's former dictator, became the country's first woman president last night. Her liberal rival Moon Jae-in conceded defeat with Park ahead by 51.7 per cent to 47.9 per cent after 94.2 per cent of the vote had been counted.

20 Dec 2012 - 9:30am