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Gender Equality

Taiwanese women embrace 'male' careers but gender gap remains

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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