Girls Get Equal: Plan International Hong Kong – City University of Hong Kong
Youth Conference 2019

Since 2015, Plan International Hong Kong has jointly organised a Youth Conference with the Department of Asian and International Studies of City University of Hong Kong, an annual occasion for local young people to meet, reflect and exchange ideas on international issues, particularly girls’ situations in low income countries.

To align with Plan International’s new global campaign on combating gender inequality, ‘Girls Get Equal’ was adopted as the theme of this year’s conference with the aim of inspiring participants to advocate for girls rights. Following the success of last year’s poster design competition, the ‘Youth Power – Best Campaign Award’ was introduced as a new component to further engage students’ creative capabilities in launching their own social media campaigns to raise awareness of girls issues within their local community.  

Training Workshops

To help students prepare for their presentation for the Youth Conference, two training workshops were held on 3 August, 17 August and 21 September 2019 respectively at City University of Hong Kong. Professionals were invited to speak at the workshops to enhance students’ knowledge of global citizenship and girls issues in developing countries, as well as providing training on research, presentation, and social media engagement skills.

Mr. Ralph Szeto, Board Member of Plan International Hong Kong, shared his expertise in utilizing digital media tools to campaign for social causes.

Presentation teams and Youth Conference facilitator from KPMG, Ms. Alyssa IP, engaged in a preparation session on their research topics.

Ms. Emily Wong, Manager of the Hong Kong Programme and Development Education Department at Plan International Hong Kong described the situation of vulnerable children and girls around the world.

Youth Conference Facilitator, Mr. Blu Lai, shared his tips on public speaking and presentation skills.

Youth Conference

Youth Conference 2019 was successfully held at City University of Hong Kong on 28 September 2019.

Date: 28 Sept 2019 9:30am- 5:30pm
Venue: Connie Fan Multi-media Conference Room (MMR), 4/F, Cheng Yick-chi Building, City University of Hong Kong

Youth Organizing Committee members, Cotrina FUNG and Muthu SUAIBU NOOHU, addressed the audience as Masters of Ceremonies of the conference.

In her keynote speech, Dr. Raees Begum Baig, Assistant Professor of the Department of Social Work of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, stressed the importance of collective responsibility in thinking about international affairs.

Discussant from the Asian and International Department of City University of Hong Kong directed questions to presentation panelists during the floor discussion.

Ms. Jackie T.K. Lee, Senior Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility at KPMG, reviewed the performances of presenting teams as one of four adjudicators at the conference.

Ms. Jackie T.K. LEE, Senior Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, KPMG (L1), Dr. Linda Y. N. TJIA, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian and International Studies, City University of Hong Kong (L2), Dr. Raees Begum BAIG, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (R2), Dr. Kanie SIU, Chief Executive Officer, Plan International Hong Kong served on the panel of adjudicators (R1). Mr. Ralph SZETO, Board Member of Plan International Hong Kong (center) gave opening remarks.

Participating School (in alphabetical order)

Secondary School Division

  • Heung To Middle School
  • Maryknoll Convent School (Secondary Section)
  • Queen Elizabeth School
  • Paul’s Co-education College
  • Paul’s College

Topics

  • Female Genital Mutilation in Tanzania
  • Child Marriage in Bangladesh
  • Trafficking in Nepal
  • Safe Cities in Peru
  • School-related Gender-based Violence in Uganda

Tertiary Division

Participating school

  • Department of Asian and International Studies, City University of Hong Kong

Topics

  • Gender-based Violence in Indigenous Communities in Ecuador
  • Child Labor in the Tobacco Industry of Malawi
  • Education for Girls with Disabilities in Indonesia
  • Girls in Crisis: Voices of the Rohingya in Myanmar
Awards
Best Presentation Team – Secondary School Division

Champion: Queen Elizabeth School

Topic: Female Genital Mutilation in Tanzania

Merit: Maryknoll Convent School (Secondary Section)

Topic: Trafficking in Nepal

Best Presentation Team – Tertiary Division

Topic: Education for Girls with Disabilities in Indonesia

Best Presenter – Secondary School Division

Awardee: KOO Lok Yin, Jasper

School: Queen Elizabeth School

Topic: Female Genital Mutilation in Tanzania (English)

Best Presenter – Tertiary Division

Awardee: Navy KONG

Topic: Child Labor in the Tobacco Industry of Malawi (English)

Adjudicators:

Dr. Raees Begum BAIG, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong;
Ms. Jackie T.K. LEE, Senior Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, KPMG;
Dr. Kanie SIU, Chief Executive Officer, Plan International Hong Kong;
Dr. Linda Y. N. TJIA, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian and International Studies, City University of Hong Kong.

Masters of ceremonies:

Cotrina FUNG, Youth Organising Committee Member, Plan International Hong Kong
Muthu Mogudoom Fathima SUAIBU NOOHU, Youth Organising Committee Member,
Plan International Hong Kong

Acknowledgements:

Main sponsor: KPMG
Volunteer Photographers: Mr. Derek Chan, Mr. Boyle Lam