Chan Sum-yi, 16, Hong Kong Chinese Women’s Club College
The status of women in Hong Kong is quite high nowadays. The time when people believed the traditional Chinese value that women are weak and should look after families has changed. Nowadays, many women are chief executive officers in their companies, while in a lot of families, the fathers are taking care of the children. This is a good phenomenon, since women are given equal opportunities to show that they can take challenging jobs, too. This shows that in Hong Kong, women can be powerful.
Sheryl Kate Lau, 14, Tak Nga Secondary School
Women’s social status hasn’t changed much over the years, even though we have greater equality. We can study, and education is important to us, and there are also more men who stay at home and do the housework while the girl goes to work.That’s a sign that the society has less discrimination against women.
But according to a research, women generally get less salary than men, and that is definitely unfair. Even men with no education have salaries that are close to women who have a really good education. That shouldn’t be how it works.
Shayne Lau, 12, Tak Nga Secondary School
Women in Hong Kong are generally more independent, financially autonomous, assertive, and career-focused. They are often described as “Superwomen”. A woman’s duty at home is to serve her family – her father as a child, her husband once she is married, and her son when she has kids. I feel pity for women who need to serve their families all their life; it is not fair. Why shouldn’t men serve their families? Men should respect them more, so don’t be a macho man.
Allyna Choi Wing-tung, 17, Methodist College
The status of women in Hong Kong is nearly equal to men. Girls can receive education, have freedom of speech, and human rights. However women are not treated equally in some workplaces. Our Chinese culture says that women must have children, which means they must quit their job and take care of their children, so they do not receive the same salary as men. Women do not even get the same opportunities as men in the same industry! Some companies prefer hiring men as they think that men can work harder. And women have a lower chance of being promoted to a higher position. Do you still think women are treated equally?
Melissa Man Ning-chow, 13, St Paul’s Co-educational College
Although nowadays society includes more and more females taking part in major elections, they are still not always treated equally. The executive council in Hong Kong is a good example. Excluding Leung Chun-ying, out of 16 official members, 15 of them are male and only one is female! That important and lucky woman is Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor. In fact, there are many women who are talented and able to work very hard. Women can serve society and be professional just as men do. I know it is impossible to have both genders being evenly represented at all times, but it would be better if society included more of its talented women. Why not?
Prudence Mak, 12, Tak Nga Secondary School
There are many people who think that women in Hong Kong are treated unequally. However, I don’t think so.
Many women in Hong Kong play important roles. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor is a good example. She is the Chief Secretary for Administration, and the second highest-ranking official in Hong Kong. When CY Leung is not here, she deals with all the problems in Hong Kong.
According to the Education Bureaux, the percentage of female students entering university is higher.
This is not a patriarchal society anymore. Now, everyone is equal. Therefore, I think women in Hong Kong are treated equally.
Mandy Kwong, 12,Tak Nga Secondary school
The status of women in Hong Kong is quite high, even higher than the men.
Hong Kong is a modern country. No one will think that women should not work, and only stay at home and be a housewife. In the old days, men worked and earned money for the family because the wife could not, but no one thinks like this anymore. The country has changed, and people’s minds have changed, too. Now, women are bosses of the companies.
Kok Tsz-fung, 16, Po Leung Kuk Ma Kam Ming College
Women in Hong Kong are treated a lot better than men. Consider the law of sexual assault which only includes men assaulting women. Women will not be charged for breaking the law as no law even exists. In society, people often see women as the group who need men’s protection. They blame the men who treat their girlfriend poorly, while men will just stay quiet and tolerate their girlfriend in the opposite case. To conclude, equality does not exist and it never will.
Tiffany Lim,12,Tak Nga Secondary School
The status between women and men in Hong Kong is not equal. Sure, it’s better now than in the past, when women couldn’t get education like men. Women were thought to be stupid, so they were only ask to do the house chores and be a domestic helper. But how come in Hong Kong, no matter what job a woman has, she always gets paid a lot less than a man. Why? Why does the government think that a woman can’t lead a country or a company?
Tam Yu-ting, 17, Po Leung Kuk Ma Kam Ming College
Women in Hong Kong aren’t treated equally. A lot of jobs still require women to wear dresses and make-up, and that is unfair. Why do women need to wear make up at work and men don’t? Does wearing a dress and make-up make women work better and faster?
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