Gender issues

Boy, 11, fathers child with 36-year-old woman in New Zealand

The woman and boy live in the main North Island city of Auckland.

An 11-year-old New Zealand boy was reported yesterday to have fathered a child with the 36-year-old mother of a school friend, raising questions on why women cannot be charged with rape in the country.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 8:53am

Concern over retirement of Hong Kong sex-change surgeon

Dr Albert Yuen

The only doctor who can carry out sex-change operations in Hong Kong public hospitals is due to retire in two years, triggering concern that patients who want life-altering surgery may be left in limbo.

14 Apr 2013 - 6:02am 1 comment

Why are gender issues women's work, asks Lam Woon-Kwong

Lam Woon-kwong

Over the past three years, I have attended many events to promote gender equality. Yet far too often, as I looked around the room, I found myself asking: "Where are the other men?"

8 Mar 2013 - 3:43am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, February 4, 2013

Toyota Prius hybrid taxis could help reduce smog. Photo: AFP

The HK$10 billion announced in Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's policy address to "remove tens of thousands of the dirtiest vehicles from the streets" will be wasted. This measure probably came about thanks to lobbying by vested interests from the motor trade.

4 Feb 2013 - 3:02am 3 comments

China Merchants Bank family savings promotion criticised as 'sexist'

CMB described its programme as an efficient way for a couple to save. Photo: EPA

A mainland bank’s offer to automatically transfer most of a husband’s income to his wife’s account has provoked fury, with some calling it “the most atrocious banking service against men in history”.

On its website China Merchants Bank (CMB), a major financial institution, describes its “capital accumulation” service as a “time- and energy-efficient” way for a couple to save money.

14 Jan 2013 - 3:41pm

Why toys should not be gender specific

Illustration: Pearl Law

In my ideal parenting world my three children (two boys and a girl) would be colour-blind when it comes to the toys they play with. Any toy, regardless of the colour of the box it comes in, and regardless of the child it is marketed to, would be welcomed as a toy to be played with.

30 Dec 2012 - 2:49pm

After losing family, transsexual activist pushes for rights

After losing family, transsexual activist pushes for rights

Mimi Wong, 58, is a transsexual who has been lobbying for a sexual minorities law that would include transgender people. Born male, Wong was once married to a woman and has a son; now she is unemployed, after working in IT for a major bank in Hong Kong for 30 years.

5 Dec 2012 - 3:05pm 1 comment

Women helping one another will help Asia to grow

In the next 50 years, most economic growth worldwide will take place outside the G7 countries. But that's only half the story. Who are the people who will be the driving force for this growth? Many will be women.

4 Dec 2012 - 3:36am

March challenges bias about rape victims

Participants "over-dressed" to send the message that rape victims, no matter their clothing, can't be blamed for the crime. Photo: Nora Tam

Hundreds of conservatively dressed men and women marched yesterday in "SlutWalk", a protest against social attitudes that blame victims of sexual assault for being attacked.

Some wore full-body fluorescent suits and held signs saying, "Oh sorry, does my dress make you feel like a rapist today?"

26 Nov 2012 - 4:23am 1 comment

Regina Leung is ignoring the good wife's guide (gasp)

Leung Chun-ying and his wife Regina Leung Tong Ching-yee. Photo: Dickson Lee

It was only a matter of time before our politicians began pounding the chief executive's wife, so we shouldn't really be surprised that Regina Leung Tong Ching-yee's "Food for Good" campaign crossed the path of what I like to call the "Leung for Lunch" political campaign.

26 Nov 2012 - 2:58am 2 comments

Domestic violence by women against men on the rise

Most recorded cases of domestic violence were in the New Territories North. Many mainland migrants and ethnic minorities settle in the district.

Women are increasingly using violence against their husbands and boyfriends, according to figures from the police and Social Welfare Department.

12 Nov 2012 - 5:31am

New Anglican leader Justin Welby backs women bishops

Justin Welby, the next archbishop of Canterbury. Photo: EPA

The new leader of the world's Anglicans said yesterday he backed women bishops and would examine his thinking on gay marriage, tackling issues that have divided followers across the world.

10 Nov 2012 - 3:44am

Quarter of Australian women sexually harassed at work

A quarter of women in Australia have been sexually harassed at work in the past five years, according to a report released in the wake of a row that erupted when Prime Minister Julia Gillard accused the opposition leader of misogyny.

1 Nov 2012 - 3:26am

Anti-sexism classes for chauvinist French ministers

Cecile Duflot, minister for equality of territories and housing, addressing parliament in "that dress". Photo: AP

First there was Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who allegedly referred to women as "material", then catcalls in the French parliament just because a female minister wore a floral dress.

But when the agriculture minister - in an interview last month about promoting gender equality - suggested women couldn't get their heads around technical jobs, that was too much.

1 Nov 2012 - 3:26am

How they see it, October 28, 2012

Ziauddin Yousafzai, father of Pakistani girls Malala who was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen for campaigning for the right to an education. Photo: AFP

1. Chicago Tribune

28 Oct 2012 - 3:10am