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Her Tie・Journey ・她 “Trapped” @ SSP Exhibition

15 Jun

Exhibition of Handmade products by underprivileged women and photos of the inadequate housing
Co-organizers: Society for Community Organization, Les Beatitudes

Hong Kong has 1.35 million people living in poverty and over 728,400 are women (54%). Many women are in a disadvantaged position, as they have to take care of their family and cannot work full time. In order to support women in need, SoCO has partnered with Les Beatitudes to provide training to over a hundred mothers on hand made bags and leather goods. They encourage men to support by donating their neckties as material to re-use and recycle, a ”HeForShe” project. Through the handmade arts and crafts, the story of the city is retold through interesting and uniquely Hong Kong heritage and transportation all via collage designs.

Tie.Journey.她’ is a special exhibition created by grassroots sewing mothers and local artists which depict Hong Kong local specialties. It also demonstrates how men and women can bond together and support each other on their life journey by simply sharing a necktie.

Date: 12/5/2018 to 1/7/2018

Time: 11:00 – 18:00 (Sat /Sun), Others by appointment

Place: 1/F, 269 Yu Chau Street, Sham Shui Po (close to Sham Shui Po railway station Exit C2)

Price: Free admission

For more information about the exhibition and related events, please visit their website

About Society for Community Organization: Society for Community Organization (SoCO) is a human rights pioneer in Hong Kong. SoCO firmly believes that everyone should be entitled to equal rights. Equal opportunity for participation and fair distribution of social resources is the foundation of human rights. In the face of the widening disparity between the rich and the poor, and the increasingly restrictive political arena, we stand firm in our crusade to establish an equal society and to build a strong power base for the people. We are motivated by a common dream, and that is: “Let us work hand in hand and shoulder to shoulder to build a caring, equal and just society“.

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SheHub X #HerCall Micro Movie Premiere cum Launch Event

15 Apr

To mark the launch of #HerCall powered by SheHub, this event kick-starts with a micro movie premiere. We have the pleasure to have invited the world’s First Chinese Female Jockey – Ms. Sherie Kong to speak at the event and share about how she made significant record in the horse racing history, the biggest challenges she faced along the way after her first marriage ended and and how she marched on by being genuine to self to make decisions in her career, marriage and life.

Date: Sunday, 22 April 2018

Time: 2-4pm

Place: OnTheList, Printing House, 6 Duddell Street, Central

Price: Free, please register at EventBrite

About SheHub: SheHub Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to connect, inspire and support female to make positive impact on self, people and the community. Founded in 2018 and based in Hong Kong, SheHub Foundation endeavors to work with corporates, media and different stakeholders in the community, to ignite the power of women in driving social change, embracing female autonomy and recognizing their own values.

About #HerCall: #HerCall is the social movement started by SheHub Foundation, in raising public awareness on respecting the different approaches women choose to achieve goals in life.

Volunteer for the HER Fund

10 Jan

HER Fund was set up on March 8, 2004 by a group of committed women activists in honour of International Women’s Day. Their main objective is to raise funds and give grants to support work by women, with women and for women in Hong Kong. Next to this, an important aspect of their work is to raise awareness of women’s position and rights in Hong Kong.

Women’s organizations in Hong Kong have been working hard to strive for gender equality. Over the years, they have significantly raised women’s status in society. However, many of them are finding it increasingly difficult to secure funding to continue their valuable work. In late 2001, several long-time women activists in Hong Kong embarked on a project to set up a women’s fund. The idea received support from Mama Cash (Netherlands), Global Fund for Women (USA) and the Hong Kong Women’s Coalition on Equal Opportunities. In 2002, the group undertook a study on the funding needs of women NGOs in Hong Kong and in 2003, Hong Kong Women’s Fund (Preparatory Committee) was formally registered as a society. In 2004, the society set up HER Fund Limited. They received their charity status and tax exemption (IR File No.: 91/7393) in June 2005.

HER Belief:
HER Fund believes in the wisdom and capacity of women to determine their needs and aspirations and to develop strategies to achieve them.

HER Vision:
HER Fund envisions a society that will secure and promote the human rights for all, without discrimination on any grounds, and in all areas of life and work.

HER Mission:
HER Fund mobilizes resources and invests in empowering women and girls to create change in communities for gender equality.

HER Work:
HER Fund advances women and girls’ rights through grant-making, capacity building and resource development. They give financial grants to improve the situation and protect the human rights of marginalized and grassroots women.

What you can do to help:
Are you looking for a meaningful way to explore and share your unique talents?
Become a HER Fund Volunteer and give a gift of time to help them promote the human rights for all women. HER Fund would greatly appreciate any help you can offer!

Professional support: HER Fund needs talented volunteers to give them advice and support help them in communication, marketing, fund raising, IT support, accounts, financial analysis, etc.

Programmes support: Assist HER Fund at fundraising events and educational programmes, including photoshooting, video recording, reception, etc.

Office support: Assist HER Fund in data entry and administrative work during office hours.

Free support: You can help translate documents, typesetting, designing, etc. at home at anytime.

If you are interested in volunteering, please follow this link to download the application form.

Lensational

26 Nov

Lensational is a non-profit, youth-led social enterprise with the mission of empowering women through photography. They do this by equipping marginalised women in developing countries with digital cameras and photography training. Changing lives of women, one camera at a time.

Lensational believes that photography can achieve the empowerment of women on two levels:
* Emotional Empowerment: Gaining access to cameras gives them a new way to express themselves freely and to retain memories. Therapeutic photography is also a proven counselling technique to overcome social isolation.
* Economic Empowerment: Lensational women photographers will receive 50% of the revenue if their photographs are sold through this platform and their partner agencies – Wellcome Images and PhotoConcierge. With photography skills, they can also pursue freelance photography opportunities.

Photo Credit: LeeAnn Hidalgo

Founded on the International Women’s Day of 2013, Lensational workshops have so far been conducted for 300 women and girls in ten developing countries. Their photos and stories were shared with over 3,000 visitors to Lensational photo exhibitions in Hong Kong, London and New York, more than 10,000 supporters on social media channels and featured by global media outlets including the Guardian, ABC News and Mashable. Globally Lensational has 60 volunteers working for Lensational across 13 countries.

Lensational envisions a world where women and girls are no longer suppressed of their thoughts and emotions. Help Lensational make this a reality by purchasing a photograph and sharing their website with others.

Families Walking For Families: Mother’s Choice 30th Anniversary Walkathon

2 Sep


Join Mother’s Choice at their Families Walking For Families: Mother’s Choice 30th Anniversary Walkathon! This year, they are celebrating 30 years of changing life stories at the Walkathon on Sunday, 12th November 2017. For 30 years, Mother’s Choice has joined hands with our community to give hope, with the vision to see every child in a loving family.

Mother’s Choice’s Walkathon is a celebration of family! Every family is unique – it is love and commitment, not just blood, which defines a family. The Walkathon is a glimpse of a Hong Kong we long to see – one where children are in loving families of all shapes and sizes come together to support one another.

When you walk with Mother’s Choice and fundraise on their behalf, you help them to raise much needed funds to support their work in building families through our five key services.

Walkathon: 4km walk along Bowen Fitness trail with a new 1.5km optional challenge route!

Date: Sunday, 12 November 2017

Time: 10:00am, 11:00am, and 12:00pm start times

Place: Carnival Fun
Be sure to stay behind at Island School for family-friendly performances, games, and food after your walk.

Price: HK$200 per person (includes a T-shirt and a drawstring bag)
*Children ages 2 and below are welcome to join for free!

To find out more and to register, please follow this link

mothers-choice-logoAbout Mother’s Choice: Their story starts in 1987 when founders Ranjan & Phyllis Marwah, and Gary & Helen Stephens, moved by a series of articles in the newspaper about the alarming numbers of teenage crisis pregnancies in Hong Kong, were stirred to action.

The news article reported that approximately 35-40% of the hundreds of girls going to Shenzhen every week were already in their last trimester. There was an obvious need with no one visibly responding, even though people were actually aware of the circumstances of the girls going to Shenzhen for late term abortions. The founders knew that these babies could live given the good and proper medical attention available in Hong Kong – they just needed to find the space and funding to give these girls real options. So together with the support of their friends and the community, they began the work of Mother’s Choice.

Starting with just one borrowed room and no experience but motivated to give back to this city that they love, Mother’s Choice has since helped over 51,000 single girls, cared for 3,600 babies and assisted with 1,400 successful adoption cases.

How do we embrace a girl in crisis?

17 Jun

When a girl in crisis reaches out to Mother’s Choice for help, they welcome her into a safe place, and equip and empower her for a hopeful future. This looks different for each of the 242 girls who they walked with this year, because Mother’s Choice adapts their approach to the needs of each girl. BoBo’s story reminds us that we all need support from our friends and family when raising our children.

BoBo, a teen client of Mother’s Choice Pregnant Girls Services
“When I was pregnant, I truly didn’t know if I had the support around me to care for a baby, so I thought adoption would be the best plan. But the moment she was born, I felt so much love, I didn’t think I could leave her. Mother’s Choice arranged for a volunteer Project Bridge* family to care of my baby while I made my decision. I was nervous, but as I watched the Bridge Mom gently pick up my daughter, I knew she would be safe. Even so, my heart ached when she was carried away from me.

With support from my family, I realized I have what it takes to be a mother. I am so thankful to be living with our daughter now and am learning to be the best mom I can be. Our home is filled with so much joy as we raise my daughter together.”

Renata, Project Bridge Mom*
“When we first met BoBo in the hospital, we could feel her pain. She desperately wanted to be a mom, but she didn’t have the support she needed. My husband and I committed to caring for her baby in our own home so that BoBo and her family would have some time to get back on their feet. During that time, BoBo came over regularly to learn how to take care of her baby, and I would always try to encourage her. One evening, after we put the baby to bed, she opened her arms, and we hugged and cried together for several minutes. We started as strangers who don’t speak the same language, but we will forever share a deep bond, because we love the same child.

This experience has made me so passionate about supporting young mothers – all we did was care for a baby for two months, but it gave this new family the time they needed to stay together. Saying goodbye to the baby was one of the hardest things we have ever done, but we will absolutely open our home again to do the same thing if it can help another child and their family.”

*Project Bridge connects children in need of a temporary home to loving, nurturing volunteer families who open their homes anywhere from a few days to several months. Mother’s Choice has a great need for more families!

If you want to know about Mother’s Choice’s fostering programme or would like to attend one of their Info Sessions, please visit their website.

mothers-choice-logoAbout Mother’s Choice: Mother’s Choice is a grassroots non-profit organization that provides and promotes loving, nurturing care for babies and children needing permanent homes.

Their story starts in 1987 when founders Ranjan & Phyllis Marwah, and Gary & Helen Stephens, moved by a series of articles in the newspaper about the alarming numbers of teenage crisis pregnancies in Hong Kong, were stirred to action.
The news article reported that approximately 35-40% of the hundreds of girls going to Shenzhen every week were already in their last trimester. There was an obvious need with no one visibly responding, even though people were actually aware of the circumstances of the girls going to Shenzhen for late term abortions. The founders knew that these babies could live given the good and proper medical attention available in Hong Kong – they just needed to find the space and funding to give these girls real options. So together with the support of their friends and the community, they began the work of Mother’s Choice.

Starting with just one borrowed room and no experience but motivated to give back to this city that they love, Mother’s Choice has since helped over 51,000 single girls, cared for 3,600 babies and assisted with 1,400 successful adoption cases.

Despite their achievements, Hong Kong continues to desperately need their services. Bain & Company, a global consulting firm, conducted pro-bono research for Mother’s Choice on the state of crisis pregnancies in Hong Kong in 2010. Based on their research, they conservatively estimated that there are 6,880 crisis pregnancies each year in Hong Kong. Nearly 60% were unwed females, the majority of whom were under 25 years old – Mother’s Choice serviced nearly 25% of these young women.

The research also showed that Mother’s Choice is the leader in providing non-judgmental services to young single girls facing crisis pregnancy in Hong Kong, and the only organization that provides services from conception through labour and delivery and post-pregnancy care.

Unfortunately, the research also showed that there is still an unmet demand of young women facing crisis pregnancy [55%] that are not receiving the help or counseling that they need. It is critical that Mother’s Choice needs to expand their services and reach in the community.

For more information on Mother’s Choice and their work please visit their website.
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Volunteer for Teen’s Key

7 Jun

Teen’s Key – Young Women Development Network is a non-profit organization that focuses on vulnerable teenage girls in Hong Kong. They support young girls who are at high risk of unwanted pregnancies, young mothers, as well as young girls in the sex industry and so on.

If you are interested in Teen’s Key’s services and would like to support their young women, they would more than welcome your help. Just fill in application form by following this link to their website to become one of their volunteers. Teen’s Key will use the basic information provided as a means of contacting and distributing suitable volunteer activities’ specifics to you.

For more information, please visit their website.

About Teen’s Key: Established in 2011 in Hong Kong, Teen’s Key looks to provide support for displaced, young teenaged girls vulnerable to entering prostitution. As little support is available for this formative age group of young girls, Teen’s Key is looking to fill the gap as they require more holistic care and careful counselling so they are can eventually attain a future away from prostitution.

Teen’s Key‘s Keys for Girls program aims, through education, to equip vulnerable young girls the life skills, knowledge and positive social network that will help them rebuild their own lives.

Teen’s Key is a three person strong team, who reached out to over 7,000 young girls working in the Hong Kong prostitution industry through our more than 900 outreach programs and over 1,000 counselling sessions. Additionally, they have conducted over 1,600 private HIV tests and joined the Hong Kong AIDS Commission in 2014.

In 2015, Teen’s Key received the “With and For Girls Award” global award, an award sponsored by many international organizations such as the Nike Foundation, The Malala Fund, Plan UK, Stars Foundation, The Global Fund for Children, Empower, Mama Cash and the Novo Foundation.