Gender Inequality

Barbie Dreamhouse in Berlin a pink nightmare for protesters

Barbie's pink life-sized home in Berlin is sexist propaganda, say protesters. Photo: AFP

To some it would be a dream home, albeit a slightly kitsch one. To others it resembles a very pink house of horrors that has no place in a modern city. The first life-sized Barbie house to be unveiled in Europe opened in Berlin yesterday, but Barbie fans were far outnumbered by feminist protesters and leftwing activists who shouted "pink stinks" and called the plush plastic villa "sexist propaganda".

Friday, 17 May, 2013, 4:48am

Letters to the Editor, April 15, 2013

Green features at the HKU campus. Photo: SCMP

I am a regular visitor from the UK, although I lived in Hong Kong for many years before going back. I am delighted to see more attention given to environmental issues such as energy conservation, reduction of noise, air and water pollution, and the design and construction of sustainable and green buildings.

15 Apr 2013 - 2:33am

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

Women still only a small minority in Hong Kong's boardrooms

The gender balance is not reflected in directorships.

Only three more women were appointed as directors at 50 leading companies in the past 12 months and fewer than one in 10 board directorships at the top companies are held by women, according to the latest research by Community Business, a non-profit organisation.

13 Mar 2013 - 5:31am

Women in China still not equal to men

Sun Chunlan. Photo: EPA

If a new survey by an international accounting group is correct, half (51 per cent) of senior management jobs in mainland companies are now held by women. This places the mainland ahead of Hong Kong, other Asian economies and such Western countries as the United States and Britain, according to the report by Grant Thornton International, which surveyed chief executives and chairmen of 6,627 companies in all industry sectors around the world.

9 Mar 2013 - 2:31am

Women's work is not yet done

Women's work is not yet done

If you asked a roomful of university students whether gender inequality still exists in Hong Kong, chances are you'll get a resounding "no". Young women today will have experienced little overt discrimination. Yet, as a series of recent reports by Civic Exchange and commissioned by The Women's Foundation shows, gender still matters.

8 Mar 2013 - 3:48am

Holding back women only hobbles progress

US Secretary of State John Kerry. Photo: AFP

During my first week as the US secretary of state, I had the honour of meeting a group of courageous women from Burma. Two were former political prisoners, and although they had all endured incredible hardship in their lives, each of them was committed to moving forward - providing education and training to girls, finding jobs for the unemployed and advocating for greater participation in civil society. I have no doubt that they will continue to be powerful agents of change, bringing progress to their communities and their country in the years to come.

7 Mar 2013 - 2:35am

Activists lament workplace discrimination against women in China

A woman looks at the employment opportunities posted on walls at a job fair in Yiwu, Zhejiang province. Photo: Xinhua

Zheng Churan, a women's rights activist in Guangzhou, said many female graduates had complained to her about the many application letters they sent out and the few responses they received, while many less-qualified male classmates easily found jobs.

18 Feb 2013 - 10:24am 3 comments

Letters to the Editor, February 15, 2013

Leung Chun-ying in Victoria Park. Photo: Sam Tsang

I picked up a birthday cake the other day from a shop in Sai Kung. The cake was really great, not of unduly large dimensions but, by the time it was wrapped, it might have been a three-tiered wedding cake.

15 Feb 2013 - 4:14am