Letter Submission to HKSAR in response to the insufficient family-friendly working arrangements during the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Hong Kong

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5th February 2020

Following is a letter by The Hong Kong Association of Business and Professional Women (BPWHK) expressing concerns to the Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Dr Law Chi-kwong, in response to the insufficient family-friendly working arrangements during the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Hong Kong:

In view of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and the following two announcements:

  1. The Education Bureau (EDB) announced on 31st January 2020 all schools (including kindergartens, primary schools, secondary schools, special schools and private schools offering non-formal curriculum) would resume their classes as early as 2nd March 2020, yet subject to further assessment; and
  2. Social Welfare Department (SWD) announced on 1st February 2020 all aided child care centres, day care centres for the elderly, sheltered workshops, integrated vocational rehabilitation services centres and day activity centres will suspend delivery of their services. These centres will, however, remain open to serve those in need. Members of the public who have the need for the services mentioned may contact the centres or service units concerned in advance,

BPWHK urges the Government to review the current extreme situation and decide whether it is necessary to issue a special announcement on “extreme conditions” and thus announce to the public a special work-from-home extension until 2nd March 2020.

The Government announced that government employees, except for staff of departments providing emergency and essential public services, could work from home until 2nd February 2020, instead of coming to the office. A number of private companies in Hong Kong have decided to let some of their employees work from home since the first working day after the Lunar New Year holiday, as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus outbreak. However, the limited child care services and current school suspension till 2nd March 2020 imply extreme difficulties to both male and female employees who are parents and who cannot take care of their families because they need to go to work in the coming few weeks. BPWHK believes the Government of HKSAR, as a leading employer in Hong Kong, is obliged to announce a work-from-home extension till 2nd March 2020 during this “extreme condition”. BPWHK also believes this exemplary can contribute to pursuing comprehensive policies of family-friendly work environment, flexibility of family division of labour and better economic development of Hong Kong in the long run.

It is learnt from the members of BPWHK that quite a number of parents demand an extension of work-from-home arrangement during this special school suspension period in order that their children can be taken care of with sufficient parental attention both physically and mentally. With this demand and the above, will the Government inform the public:

  1. An announcement of a work-from-home extension for the Government employees till 2nd March 2020;
  2. An announcement of urging private sectors (including SMEs) to provide family-friendly working arrangements that allow employees to have flexible working hours to fulfil home caretakers’ duties under extreme conditions; and
  3. An announcement of regulating private sectors to apply long-term family-friendly working policies under any extreme conditions to both male and female employees to advocate equal share of home caretakers’ duties.

The Hong Kong Association of Business and Professional Women

February 2020

 

The above statement is jointly supported by BPWHK’s partnering organizations:

 

Letter written by Judy Tam, Advocacy Chair, BPWHK

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BPWHK New Year Reception 2020

BPW CNY Reception 2020

Keynote Speech: Beyond #selflove: Importance of career, family and community by Julia Charlton, Founder, senior and managing partner and principal of Hong Kong corporate finance law firm Charltons.

Come celebrate the beginning of the year with fellow BPW sisters along with Julia Charlton who shares her path from law to love and from passion to action.

Date: Saturday February 15, 2020
Time: 12:00-14:30
Venue: Verandah, The Foreign Correspondents Club
2 Lower Albert Rd, Central
Price:
Early bird $380 (members only)*
Regular $430

*Early bird payment by January 31 via Payme or FPS to Lena at 95003143

For registration, please click on:
https://www.gobuddy.asia/event?et=EIhDOHjdRXbOH49p

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Happy New Year of the Rat

From all of our committee members at BPWHK, we wish you a happy lunar new year holidays ahead.

See you in the Year of the Rat!

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The committee 2019-21 is formed!

BPWHK AGM 2019 was successfully held earlier last Saturday (2.11.2019). The new ExCo (12/2019-12/2021) has been elected: Lisa Fong, President; Kelly Yeung, 1st VP (Membership); Olivia Natacha, 2nd VP (Projects); Annie Wong, Treasurer; Elaine Kwan, Young BPW Representative. Congratulations, everyone!!!💓🍾🥂🌹

Lisa Fong, the new president, appoints the following chairs and taskforce positions: Lena Wong, Programme Chair; Joscelin Yeung, International Relations Chair; Linda Lam, Public Relations Chair; Judy Tam, Chair of Advocacy Taskforce; Kayley Lo, Chair of Global Skills Taskforce; Vanessa Yue, Chair of Mentorship Taskforce; Bamei Chang & Mandy Lok, Co-Chair of Twinning Taskforce.

In the coming 2 years, we hope to bring the community and sisterhood closer together under the theme of ‘self-love’. We have ambitious and exciting plans ahead for our members – stayed tuned!😍

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[Invitation] BPWHK Annual General Meeting 2019 (2.11.2019)

Dear sisters, 
We cordially invite you to join BPWHK’s 2019 AGM. RSVP now for early bird rate before 20th Oct.

  • Who: All current members of BPWHK
  • When: Saturday, 2 November 2019, 12:00-14:00
  • Where: Joy & Joy, Central [see attached map]
  • Cost: $400 earlybird for members until 20 Oct; $450 regular price for members; $500 for non-members

AGM Highlights: Thank you to the outgoing ExCo; Election & Installation of new officers

GALA Highlights: BPW Candle-lighting Ceremony; Keynote Speaker [Shalini Mahtani, MBE]

Shalini Mahtani is one of Hong Kong’s most authoritative and respected voices on social issues, particularly diversity and inclusion. In addition to founding The Zubin Foundation, among the city’s most accomplished think tanks on issues related to ethnic minority welfare and patient welfare, Shalini is the founder of Community Business, the first organisation in Asia that brings together companies and their management around women, LGBT and disabilities at work.

Registration [https://bit.ly/2IrVQOk] is now open 

 
Should you have any enquiry please email info.bpwhk@gmail.com . Hope to see you there!
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1-1-1 Mentorship pitch cum closing ceremony

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BPWHK is proud to bring you the first ever 1-1-1 mentorship program and it will be the final pitching of #balanceforbetter social innovation project idea to wrap up our program

Due to the current situation in the weekends, we are CONFIRMED to host the 1-1-1 mentorship program pitching on Sat October 19 at earlier hours:-

Date: (Sat) October 19, 2019
NEW Time: 10:30am to 2:00pm
Venue: Dream Impact
Unit C, 4/F, 760 Cheung Sha Wan Rd, Lai Chi Kok
https://goo.gl/maps/FcNuASkBbWDUbgKR6

Please join us to see what social innovation project our teams have come up with!

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.hk/e/final-pitch-for-1-1-1-mentorship-balanceforbetter-social-innovation-tickets-73737112689?aff=ebdssbeac

 

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2019 Q4 activities

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1-1-1 Mentorship Program

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Hong Kong Association of Business and Professional Women (BPWHK) is organizing a 3 tier mentorship program, which consists of seasoned mentors in the society, on entrepreneurship, on women’s empowerment, and on politics etc, our members (ladies with 5-10 years of work experience) will be the facilitators and work with younger generation from university. Together the team of 3 will work on a project that can solve a social issue. We are also looking to organize a pitching day in October to share the result of the social innovation program. 

Program Objectives

  • To enhance the development of members of BPWHK with a seasoned professional as their mentors and an university undergraduates as their mentees; 
  • To generate more social innovation ideas and action plans for the betterment of Hong Kong; 
  • To strengthen the #BalanceForBetter theme of IWD2019; 
  • To liaise with other organizations and associations in Hong Kong in raising awareness on women empowerment and gender equality. 

Target Participants:

Mentors: 10 seasoned professionals from various organizations and associations

Members: 10 BPWHK members with 5-10 years of work experience, middle management level in their organizations

Mentees: 10 university students with passion in social innovation

 

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BPWHK supports: 2019 Sohn Hong Kong Investment Conference

We are delighted to announce that BPWHK supports the 7th Annual Sohn Hong Kong Investment Conference presented by the Karen Leung Foundation

The conference brings together Asia’s leading investors to support the fight against gynaecological and pediatric cancer by promoting research, education, prevention and optimal treatment.

The half-day conference will have a great line-up of investment speakers, all experienced and successful investors, who each will present a single investment idea or a market view to the Hong Kong audience.

BPWHK partnered with the Karen Leung Foundation to bring discounted tickets to our members!

Enjoy a 20% discount upon ticket purchase by using the code SOHNBPW19

More information and tickets available here: https://karenleungfoundation.org/events/2019-sohn-hong-kong-investment-conference

Schedule

1:00 PM | Registration Main Stage
1:30 PM | The Sohn HK Investment Conference
6:00 PM | Cocktails

 

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New Young Representative

Elaine Kwan

Elaine KWAN, Young BPW representative

Elaine is an accredited mediator and a registered IB educator specialized in teaching English and Literature of the Middle Years Programme and the Diploma Programme. She holds a Master degree in Global Public Policy from the University of Southern California and the University of Hong Kong as well as the MA in English Applied Linguistics from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

 

Currently, Elaine is serving as an Executive Officer in the HKSAR Government. She enjoys organizing and participating in various kinds of volunteer services during her free time.

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