International Women's Day

International Womens day originally called International Working Womens Day is marked on the 8th March every year.

Originally started as a Socialist political event in primarily Eastern Europe,Russia and the former Soviet bloc,the day has now lost its political flavour with different regions focusing the days celebrations on respect,appreciation and love towards women, too a celebration of womens economic,political and social achievements.

More women needed in the boardroom

Mary Barra, new CEO of US carmaker General Motors. Photo: AFP

The biggest movers on Forbes magazine's latest annual list of the world's richest people were women, who lifted their representation by 20 per cent from 138 to a record 172, compared with a 14 per cent rise in the overall number to 1,645.

Saturday, 8 March, 2014, 5:32am

World cannot ignore acts of violence against women

A girl lights candles during a rally to commemorate International Women's Day in Islamabad. Photo: Reuters

The motto of this year's Women's Day, "Inspiring Change", underlines the fact that women and girls around the world continue to experience discrimination and violence in their everyday lives. This must change.

8 Mar 2014 - 4:53am

Hong Kong still failing its women

Lines of equality

Later this year, Hong Kong will come under the microscope of a UN committee reviewing the city's compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (Cedaw). While Hong Kong is ahead of many other societies in protecting the human rights of women, big gaps remain, and The Women's Foundation has submitted a "shadow report" to inform the committee's analysis.

8 Mar 2014 - 5:36am 1 comment

The women of Asia's family-owned business are coming into their own

Breaking free

It is one of the ironies of Asia’s astonishing leap into modernity that it has been largely driven by one of the oldest ownership structures on the planet, the family firm, founded by men – and they are nearly all men – most of whom are or were deeply imbued with traditional Confucian precepts of filial duty, harmony and clearly defined gender roles.

8 Mar 2013 - 3:48am

Talking points

Rafael Hui Si-yan

SHKP's Kwoks and Hui to enter plea

8 Mar 2013 - 3:48am

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

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

HK women yet to have their day

Today is International Women's Day. What sets it apart from Mother's Day - apart from the fact that it has not been commercialised - is that it does not just honour women's traditional family role, and it is not just for one day a year. Rather, it seeks to advance women's equality and empowerment the year round. You could be forgiven for being unaware of that in this city.

8 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

City women to join show of solidarity

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.

7 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


Today: COL Limited event. 'Smarten up HR management workshop: How much do you know about late employees/overtime work'. KITEN, Kowloon Bay.

Australian Chamber of Commerce: International Women's Day lunch. Grand Hyatt.

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Helena May part of city's architectural and social heritage

International Women's Day falls on Thursday and we pick up the subject to look at a special club originally tailored for women - the Helena May.

Of course, women in Hong Kong and the mainland nowadays have come a long way from a century ago. According to a survey of Citibank, there were more female millionaires than male millionaires in the city last year.

6 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Dignitaries gather for special day

The Women's Commission yesterday celebrated International Women's Day with a gathering of dignitaries from around the world, including Saudi Arabia's Princess Loulwah al-Faisal bin Abdul Aziz.

9 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Women role models

Today is Women's Day, marking the 95th year that women have been honoured through this international event.

Women have come a long way socially, politically and economically over the past century.

A hundred years ago, women did not have the right to vote. Many had no choice but to stay home to cook, clean and care for their husband and children.

8 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Get involved in Women's Day

The 95th International Women's Day is on March 8. The day offers women (and men) the chance to celebrate the economic, social, cultural and political achievements of women.

Schools can take part in a number of ways - by holding talks or conducting assemblies, for example - to educate people about women's place in society and how it has progressed over time.

1 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

The rights and wrongs of Women's Day

It is always good to see efforts being made to promote equality between the sexes. And on the eve of International Women's Day, examples are not hard to find. Many of these activities, however, involve the world of commerce. And here, things are not quite as simple as they may first appear.

7 Mar 2004 - 12:00am