Equal Opportunities Commission


E-news Issue 177


Stand for Yourself: Public Forum on Sexual Harassment Claims and Backlashes

The exposé of the innumerable sexual misconduct incidents in Hollywood has triggered a global #MeToo social media movement against sexual harassment. The topic has also caught on in Hong Kong and stirred up heated social discussions. Some people believe that victims of sexual harassment should come forward, while others were sceptical about the intention of alleged victims who only mentioned their experiences years after they took place. Still some others believe that ungrounded accusations or revelation of the personal information of the persons involved disturb private lives and are inappropriate.

What impact do social opinions and discussions on sexual harassment claims have on the persons involved and on society? What are the causes of such reactions to those claims? How do the social, political and legal systems affect people’s reactions to sexual harassment? The Gender Research Centre of The Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong will organise the “Stand for Yourself: Public Forum on Sexual Harassment Claims and Backlashes” on 17 January 2018 to discuss these issues. The speakers include a District Councillor, representatives from women’s rights and human rights groups, and academics. Registration is free of charge and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Details are as follows:

Date:  17 January 2018 (Wednesday)

Time:  6:30pm to 8:30pm

Venue:  LT3, G/F, Yasumoto International Academic Park, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Language:  Cantonese

Enquiry:  3943 8775