Equal Opportunities Commission


E-news Issue 229


The Women’s Foundation releases guide to honouring International Women’s Day amid coronavirus epidemic

This Sunday (8 March) will mark the 2020 International Women’s Day, but how can businesses and organisations alike commemorate the annual occasion when the COVID-19 outbreak is causing postponements and cancellations of various events around town?

To answer that question, The Women’s Foundation (TWF) has come up with a comprehensive guide for organisations to honour the occasion’s spirit of empowering women and engaging men in the process, even as we strive to reduce social contact amid the epidemic. There are myriads of ideas on the list: forming book clubs and sharing reviews of books about women’s issues via e-bulletins, streaming talks and panels, hosting virtual workshops with live Q&A sessions and instant polls… you name it.

Indeed, from sexual harassment and body shaming to gender pay gaps and motherhood penalties in the workplace, our world today continues to be plagued by gender-based prejudice and violence, and the International Women’s Day is a sobering reminder of the work that needs to be done. To understand more about the challenges facing women in Hong Kong, read the fact sheets produced by the EOC with the links below.