Women's Commission celebrates International Women's Day 2018

Hong Kong (HKSAR) - The following is issued on behalf of the Women's Commission:

     The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, officiated at a reception organised by the Women's Commission (WoC) to celebrate International Women's Day 2018 today (March 8). The reception was attendedby representatives from local women's groups, non-governmental organisations, the business sector and the WoC's Gender Focal Point Network.

     The Government established the WoC in 2001 as a high-level central forum to make recommendations to the Government on policies and issues that are of concern to women. The WoC has been sparing no efforts to enable Hong Kong women to fully realise their due status, rights and opportunities in all aspects of life.

     Also officiating at the reception were the Commissioner of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Mr Xie Feng; Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR Ms Qiu Hong; the Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung; the Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Dr Law Chi-kwong; and the Vice-Chairperson of the WoC and Permanent Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Ms Chang King-yiu.

     Prior to the reception, a prize presentation ceremony was held for the "Her Voice" Video Competition co-organised by the Labour and Welfare Bureau and the WoC to promote the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) of the United Nations among secondary school students.

Over 100 entries were received, showing students' creative productions on the advancement and challenges of women's development. It was also announced on the occasion that public consultation on the draft outline of the HKSAR's fourth report under the CEDAW (http://www.lwb.gov.hk/CEDAW/eng/index.htm" target="_blank">www.lwb.gov.hk/CEDAW) had started and will continue until April 30. Members of the public are invited to express their views.

Published on: 2018-03-08

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