Equal Opportunities Commission


E-news Issue 252


Join our Zoom seminar in support of International Women’s Day

In celebration of International Women’s Day, the EOC and the Committee on Gender Equality and Diversity (CGED), Faculty of Arts of The University of Hong Kong (HKU) will co-organise the seminar “Marginalisation and Empowerment: Voices of Hong Kong Women” via Zoom on 7 March 2021 (Sunday), 2:30pm-4:30pm.

In 1989, American scholar and civil rights advocate Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term “intersectionality” to capture how various forms of inequality often operate together and exacerbate each other, arguing that neither sexism nor racism alone could account for experiences of oppression among African American women.

Thirty years on, the concept remains a useful and relevant lens to understand the marginalisation of women in different cultural contexts. Focusing on carers, non-Chinese youth, migrant workers and new arrivals from mainland China, this seminar examines how gender, ethnic identity and socio-economic status continue to intersect and inform the challenges facing underrepresented women in Hong Kong today, and their implications for public policy. It also explores the history and potential of art – photography in particular – as a medium of empowerment and catharsis.

To register or learn more about the panelist line-up, please click the link below. The seminar will be conducted in English, and is a concurrent event of the photo exhibition “The Way We Are” at G/F, Run Run Shaw Tower, HKU from 6-23 March 2021.