Multi Products (HK) Limited Supports International Women's Day 2023

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  • Multi Products (HK) Limited Supports International Women's Day 2023

    March 01, 2023 4 min read

    Multi Products (HK) Limited 全力支持 2023 國際婦女節

    The campaign theme of this year’s International Women's Day is #EmbracingEquity. Multi Products (HK) hopes to seize the chance to raise awareness about women’s contribution and effort to our society. We also hope to call upon the public to get involved in women's rights activities and to reach out to women in need.

    Status of Hong Kong Women in 2023

    Hong Kong women give people the impression of being tough and capable. The proportion of working women has been increasing in the past 30 years, from 36.5% in 1990 to 49.6% in 2021, which shows their pursuit of financial independence and autonomy. The number of women in management has also increased - the ratio of females in manager positions or above has risen from 29.8% in 2008 to 38.4% in 2021, proving that women are no less capable than men at work. Many of these working women are working mothers or have to support the family alone. Their efforts and perseverance in juggling multiple roles and still performing well in the workplace are truly commendable. Multi Products (HK) Limited encourage that employers from all industries to show their appreciation for female employees during IWD and show understanding when they encounter any difficulties.

    We have various laws and institutions to combat discrimination in our society. Despite the seemingly gender equal workplace environment, however, we still see unfair treatment outside of the workplace, and these may be overlooked as minor issues, including people commenting judgmentally on women's clothes in online forums, cyber bullying and even harassment in real life. When it comes to the family aspect, many women are still constrained by traditional beliefs that they need to marry and have children, which consequently lead to female’s lack of autonomy. More unfortunately, many women that suffer from violence have no recourse.

    Despite the seemingly sound legal protection in Hong Kong, gender inequality still lurks in our society. Only through ideological and educational efforts can we create a truly diverse, equal and inclusive social environment. Reaching the goal of #EmbracingEquity requires every individual to take an initiative in addressing gender issues, speaking out against inequality, and reaching out to those in need.

    Multi Products (HK) Limited’s Corporate Social Responsibility

    Multi Products (HK) Limited strives to create a diverse and equal work environment. We believe that all employees should be treated equally, regardless of gender, so that employees can expand their potential. Gender of candidates has never been an alter factor in our hiring process.

    We also offer comprehensive benefits to our female employees, including maternity leave and promotion opportunities. We ensure that their status as a working mother would not affect their benefits and opportunities in the workplace. If they encounter any difficulties, we are more than willing to provide support. We wish that the company can play a supporting role, instead of putting even more pressure on them.

    Keeping the 2023 IWD theme of #EmbracingEquity in mind, we hope to call on more companies and organizations to take on the responsibility of eliminating inequities, realising the concept of equality in their company culture, ultimately elevating it to the social level and solving gender problems in our society.

    How can I support women in the Hong Kong community?

    Multi Products (HK) has gathered a list of meaningful International Women's Day events for those who want to make a difference in gender issues. In addition, the organisations holding these activities have been supporting local women and fighting for women's rights and interests for decades. All committed to raising awareness of women's concerns in the community, they welcome the public to become volunteers or make donations. We greatly encourage you to give them your support.

    1. Hong Kong Federation of Women's Centres (HKFWC) - 30th Anniversary of Free Legal Advice Clinic cum Roundtable

    Established over 40 years ago, HKFWC has been providing support to grassroot women, to realise one of their most important missions - helping women to become self-supporting and thereby gain autonomy.

    Many modern women are faced with the dilemma of whether or not to divorce, but it is not an easy subject to bring up with their families. The legal issues and the money involved in the process draw many women back. Out of fear, they choose to put up with various marital and family problems in spite of their agony. On this year’s IWD, the association organised a free legal consultation to give women more information on issues about divorce, custody and alimony, with the ultimate goal of empowering women to make the best choices and plans for their future.

    30th Anniversary of Free Legal Advice Clinic cum Roundtable

    Date: 4 March 2023 (Saturday)

    Time: 10:00am to 12:30nn

    Venue: 7 Hung Hom Hall, 1/F, Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong (38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom, Hong Kong)

    Topics: Divorce, alimony and division of parental responsibility

    2. HER Fund - #Embrace Equity Exhibition

    Founded in 2004, HER Fund has been supporting underprivileged women and young girls for more than a decade by bringing together resources from different industries, to reverse their conditions and enable them to lead an autonomous and fulfilling life.

    On International Women's Day this year, the organization is responding to its theme, #EmbraceEquality, with a multimedia exhibition, which showcases the work of its grantee partners in advocating gender equality. Entry is free to raise public awareness in gender equality. The exhibition is held in two sessions, details are as follows:

    #Embrace Equity Exhibition (Central)

    Date: 1 - 3 March 2023

    Venue: Mayer Brown - 18th Floors, Prince's Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong

    Opening hours: 12:00nn - 7:00pm

    #Embrace Equity Exhibition (Taikoo)

    Date: 6 - 7 March 2023

    Venue: The Executive Centre - Level 23, One Island East, Taikoo Place, 18 Westlands Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

    Opening hours: 12:00nn - 5:00pm