Amid the celebration of International Women's Day, surveys indicate that a majority of women in Hong Kong are still victims of sex and age discrimination. In a survey of 1,036 women by the Confederation of Trade Unions last week, 82 per cent said they had been treated unfavourably because of their age, while 54 per cent said they had been discriminated against because of their gender. Another survey by the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood found that more than 30 per cent of 366 female respondents had faced sexual discrimination, although 70 per cent had not. Cheung Lai-ha, chairwoman of the confederation's Women's Affairs Committee, said: 'Some of the working women are being exploited or treated harshly because of their ages. 'Some female job seekers have been denied opportunities when the employers realise their age.' She said women were generally offered fewer workplace training opportunities and promotions. 'This reflects that discrimination laws are still imperfect. The laws cannot fully protect equal opportunities for women in employment,' Ms Cheung added. Association spokeswoman Tracy Lai Wai-lan said some women found it hard to get promoted. 'At the same time, they have to shoulder more household responsibilities [than men do],' she said. 'This highlights the fact that Hong Kong women have been stereotyped. It is recognised that family is women's top priority and career is secondary.' In the association's study, nearly 40 per cent of respondents said they felt offended when asked about their body shapes, but only 10 per cent said they would feel uneasy when asked about their academic qualifications. Women's self-image had been affected by slimming ads, she said.