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Plan International Hong Kong funded and supported the research study ‘Dreams of Pakistani Children’, the findings of which were recently launched by The Zubin Foundation and Puja Kapai, Associate Professor of Law in the Centre for Comparative and Public Law at the University of Hong Kong.
At the initial launch, the report was presented to Dr. Law Chi-kwong, GBS, JP, Secretary for Labour and Welfare and has served as the basis for discussion with relevant stakeholders.
As the research findings show, practices, expectations and experiences of a sample of Pakistani girls in Hong Kong is indicative of challenges to their equal rights to education, their developmental rights under the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the realisation of their full potential towards a life they aspire to lead. The findings confirmed that early engagement is seen prevalent among Pakistani girls in Hong Kong, which sets them on course towards a trajectory where they are expected to abandon their dreams to study or work in later years of their life and work towards the fulfillment of their family’s expectations for their marriage and building a suitable home life.
The research findings provide detailed insights into different contexts and factors which constrain the dreams and aspirations of Pakistani girls in Hong Kong at different stages of their lives. In particular, the research highlights key areas for support with the provision of opportunities and incentives for all related Hong Kong stakeholders to address the gendered impact of the operative norms and structures on Pakistani girls. By identifying a multi-disciplinary approach, the prospects for equality of access to education and other forms of empowerment of Pakistani girls can be enhanced.
In many countries, the data we need on girls and women doesn’t exist yet, or is imcomplete. For example, we don’t know the number of girls who leave school due to different reasons. We can’t close the gender gap without first closing the data gap. We are creating an independent data tracker with different partners. The tracker will measure progress for girls and women and help ensure governments deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals’ promises of equlity by 2030.
The vision is simple: a world in which improved gender data inform the decisions and investments that can transform the lives of girls and women by 2030.
Throughout, we will raise our woices on issues that matter and amplify the voices of girls and women – presenting ‘data with a soul’ by revealing first-hand insights into the barriers girls and women face and their experiences with overcoming these barriers.
While the Rohingya community overall continues to face multiple forms of insecurity, adolescent girls are affected by this protracted crisis in ways that are different from adolescent boys and women, and in ways that are often overlooked. This is the first report to focus specifically upon displaced adolescent Rohingya girls in Bangladesh. It explores how adolescent girls within two age brackets (10-14 and 15 -19) understand the unique impact the crisis has upon them, and how they have responded to the challenges they face. The report seeks to amplify girls’ voices and their perceptions of the crisis and presents their views on how the humanitarian sector might respond.
This research is an in-depth and ambitious look at female leadership: close to 10,000 girls and young women share their ideas and experiences. What does it take for them to become leaders, what does leadership mean to them and what helps or hinders them from taking control of their lives and their futures: at home, at work and in their communities and countries?
Girls are defining leadership for themselves and, for them, the most important leadership qualities are striving for social and gender justice, making decisions collectively and leading in a way that empowers and helps others.