History

In the late 1970s the Hong Kong Council of Women (HKCW) (now disbanded) conducted a successful campaign to highlight the handling of rape victims by the media. This ‘War on Rape Campaign’ was followed by the formation of the Women’s Centre sub-committee which opened a telephone line on 5 May 1981 to handle public enquiries. The telephone service was manned by volunteers in a back room of the office occupied by the former Urban Councilor, Ms Elsie Hume. In 1985, the Women’s Centre acquired its own premises in Lai Kok Estate, Sham Shui Po, and in August 1989, it was accepted as a member of The Community Chest of Hong Kong. While still affiliated to HKCW, the Centre continued to develop and had its own dedicated Executive Committee. In September 1992, the Women’s Centre was subsequently renamed the “Hong Kong Federation of Women’s Centres” (HKFWC) in order to chart a new direction for itself. In 1996, the HKFWC established its second centre in Tai Wo Estate, Tai Po, thereby expanding its services in the New Territories. The HKFWC is a member agency of The Hong Kong Council of Social Service, and in 2002 acquired Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.