Second Blog Entry on HKGoodPost – Let’s explore the best way to release female labour force!

BPW Hong Kong’s second blog entry, written by our past president Sindy Leung and our Programme Chair Lena Wong, published by HKGoodPost:


家庭事業兩者兼備不是奢侈品 Let’s explore the best way to release female labour force!


// Since the epidemic, news of corporate failures, employee salary cuts, and dismissals have been emerging. The impacts on women’s employment is particularly severe as women are usually the main bearers of household chores. If adequate child care services are not guaranteed, even if the economy is reopened, many women will not be able to return to work or full-time jobs, and gender inequality will become more serious, which will also lead to more women and children at risk of poverty. The authors advocate for allocation of additional early childhood education sources from the government to this opportunity, so that Hong Kong women can choose the work that suit them best and achieve a balance between their career and family. //

Check this out at : https://www.hkgoodpost.com/2020/06/01/%e5%ae%b6%e5%ba%ad%e4%ba%8b%e6%a5%ad%e5%85%a9%e8%80%85%e5%85%bc%e5%82%99%e4%b8%8d%e6%98%af%e5%a5%a2%e4%be%88%e5%93%81/

Sharing on Mentoring Models & Programmes – Leadership in BPW: Webinar Training Series

Mentoring is one of the hallmarks of BPW. Beyond the classical model, of more experienced members mentoring those who are younger / early career — what are some more innovative models, including online platforms?

Our Programme Chair, Lena Wong and Immediate Past President, Sindy Leung are sharing with Chantal Fraser, Past President, BPW Trenton & District, Ontario, Canada. Join us at 8pm June 10 HKT to learn more about the mentoring models and programmes! See you then. 

The event is FREE of charge. Please register here: https://zoom.us/…/regist…/vpMldeqtrD4s2dtTRfCMwhpRULJ7vfgGBg

BPW Hong Kong Global Skills Workshop

When you share your situation and feelings with others…
Do you ever feel like you are NOT being heard?

When people you care about share their stories with you…
Do you wonder how your response could impact them?

This program is for YOU! Join us at Unearth Your Empathic Potential
Benefits: Well-being | Connection | Relationships | Personal Growth

In the program, you will:

· Learn more about empathy and the “empathy traps” that may hinder us in life
· Self-reflect and discover personal insights to improve
· Think about what you can do to expand empathic potential for yourself on individual level and corporate level

[Speaker]
Mya Kwan, Accelerated Learning Certified Facilitator & Course Designer

[Event details]
Theme/Topic: Unearth Your Empathic Potential
Date: June 27 Saturday
Time: 11:00-13:00
Platform: Zoom
Format: Interactive workshop and CAMERA ON!

Register at: https://www.gobuddy.asia/event?et=FGzOtw1x9PHEESwx&fbclid=IwAR3RUzG3AM7X_K0yZAdMN-c1NyLj3AZpOSwSiZNupGKroQl-Pb8G88x7jHQ

BPW Hong Kong raised over HK$10,300 for RainLily to support victims of sexual violence! 🚺🎀

Thank you for all our members and donors contributing to this good cause. 💪🏼🥰 The fund raised went into providing webcams and headsets to allow their social workers to move the 24/7 crisis hotline center☎️ to a virtual consultation🖥️. This setup helps expand the capacity of people RainLily can reach and support.


BPW Hong Kong also donated 1,388 face masks😷 of ASTM level 2 qualification (equiv. BFE and PFE >99%) to allow their staff to visit domestic violence victims in hospitals to provide intervention. Thank you for all your support in these difficult times!


We hope you are in good health, and BPW Hong Kong’s committee can’t wait to see all our sisters in-person, hopefully soon! 🤩❤️


#RainLily #donationmatch #COVID19#BPWHK #YoungBPWHK #BPWcopeswithCOVID19 #youngBPWinaction

Donation match for a good cause 🎁

UN Women warned of a growing shadow pandemic of violence against women, with numbers likely to increase beyond the 243 million recorded in the past 12 months globally.

BPW Hong Kong is proud to be supporting RainLily, under the Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women (ACSVAW), to continue to provide victims of sexual violence 24-hour professional crisis intervention and their Sexual Violence Helpline during the COVID-19 pandemic. BPW Hong Kong will match the first HK$5,000 of your donation to this cause. 👛

Please join us in supporting vulnerable women in this tumultuous time – spread the word!

*Please provide your legal full name in your donation for finance purposes.

https://rainlily.org.hk/eng/servicehttps://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2020/4/statement-ed-phumzile-violence-against-women-during-pandemic

Happy International Women’s Day

Collage - BPWHK Speaks with {You} Campaign (IWD2020)

We are proud to have the opportunity today to celebrate all the amazing women and men in the past century that have stood up and devoted themselves to the fight for women’s rights and world peace. This torch has now been passed on to our generation.

As individuals, we are each responsible for our own thoughts and actions every day. We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements. What we do can have an impact on our larger society and pave the way to create a gender equal world, and more. This is exactly what the theme for International Women’s Day 2020 this year is about – #EachForEqual.

We launched BPWHK Speaks with {You} and selected 12 amazing members to hear about their story, their career defining moments and how they are being #EachforEqual in Hong Kong. Read their Q&A, reflect and join the movement with us! The stories are available here (BPWHK Speaks with {You} Campaign (IWD2020) ) and at our LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/64630078/ We will feature their stories on Facebook page in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

An equal world is an enabled world. Learn more at:
https://www.internationalwomensday.com

Lisa Fong
President of BPW Hong Kong

 

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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info.bpwhk@gmail.com

 

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

BPWHK Letter to HKSAR_Feb2020_Final

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