Events & Programmes

Using CEDAW To Advocate Women's Rights: A Workshop on CEDAW Shadow Report Writing

A Workshop on CEDAW Shadow Report Writing was held on the University of Hong Kong campus on October 26 and 27. Co-sponsored by the Hong Kong Women's Coalition on Equal Opportunities, Centre for Comparative and Public Law and the Women's Studies Research Centre (WSRC) of HKU, the workshop was attended by over 100 participants. The workshop, using a discussion group's model, focused on four current women issues in Hong Kong: poverty; violence against women; politics and civic participation; and foreign domestic workers, ethnic minorities and new arrival women.

 

The workshop was graced by the presence of Ms Pramila Patten, Vice-Chair of the CEDAW Committee of the United Nations. Also attended were representatives from NGO's concerned either with women's rights or civil rights. Together they hosted tutorials on writing a CEDAW shadow report. Another highlight of the workshop was the sharing by Ms Rina Bovrisse, former sales manager of Prada, Japan, who recounted her efforts in appealing to the UN for support the fight for rights of women in Japan. We were also honoured that Dr Christine Loh Kung-wai, Under Secretary for the Environment in Hong Kong, officiated the event with an opening address.

 

HKFWC, together with the Centre for Comparative and Public Law and the Women's Studies Research Centre (WSRC) of HKU will publish the proceedings of the conference, thereby highlighting women's position in Hong Kong to a broader audience.