Youth Corner

Plan International Hong Kong Youth Conference 2017

JUSTICE: Because I am a Girl

In cooperation with the Department of Asian and International Studies of City University of Hong Kong, Plan International Hong Kong has organized “Plan International Hong Kong Youth Conference” since 2015. The conference provides a chance for students to study and discuss girls’ issues, so as to encourage them to speak about girls’ rights and nurture a sense of global citizenship. Such initiatives will contribute to the efforts in freeing more girls from violence and helping them get the education, skills and support they need, ultimately creating powerful forces for change in their communities.

“Plan International Hong Kong Youth Conference 2017” continued with the theme “JUSTICE: Because I am a Girl”. 58 students from 11 local secondary schools participated in the conference and were divided into 16 teams. Each team, representing one developing country, presented on different girls’ issues and made suggestions for improvement.

Training Workshops

To help students prepare for their presentation for the Youth Conference, two training workshops were held on 12th and 19th August respectively at City University of Hong Kong. Professionals were invited to speak at the workshops to enhance students’ knowledge of global citizenship, research and presentation skills. 

Ms. Kanie Siu, CEO of Plan International Hong Kong gave a speech at the workshop.

Mr. Chan-yau Chong, Director of EL Education introduced the idea of global citizenship.

Mr. Sean Lin, Founding Speaker of the Hong Kong Speaker Bureau shared his tips on presentation skills.

Dr. Yuk-wah Chan, Associate Professor of the Department of Asian and International Studies discussed gender issues in developing countries with participants. 

Youth Conference

“Plan International Youth Conference 2017 – Justice: Because I am a Girl” was successfully held at City University of Hong Kong on 16 September 2017.

Date: 16 Sept 2017 (Sat) 9am- 5pm

Venue: Connie Fan Multi-media Conference Room (MMR), 4/F, Cheng Yick-chi Building, City University of Hong Kong

Dr. June Leung, Board Member of Plan International Hong Kong is delightful to see how determined the students are to fight for girls’ rights.

Prof. Mark R Thompson, Head of Department of Asian and International Studies, City University of Hong Kong attended the event and gave welcoming remarks.

Prof. Alfred Chan Cheung-ming, SBS, JP, Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission introduced the situation of gender equality in Hong Kong and encouraged students to join hands to fight against discrimination and foster respect and inclusiveness in society.

Dr. Yuk-wah Chan, Associate Professor of Department of Asian and International Studies, City University of Hong Kong (L2), Mr. Chan-yau Chong, Director of EL Education (L4), Ms. Irene Chu, Partner of KPMG (L3), Ms. Kanie Siu, Chief Executive Officer, Plan International Hong Kong served on the panel of adjudicators.

Participating Schools
  • Bishop Hall Jubilee School
  • Buddhist Tai Hung College
  • Good Hope School
  • Heung To Middle School 
  • Holy Trinity College
  • Leung Shek Chee College
  • Po Leung Kuk Yao Ling Sun College
  • St. Mary’s Canossian College
  • St. Paul’s Co-educational College
  • St. Paul’s College
  • St. Stephen’s Girls’ College 
Topics
English
  • Cyclone in Bangladesh
  • Conflict and Famine in South Sudan
  • Sexual Violence against Children in Brazil
  • City Safety for Girls in India
  • Sanitation and Hygiene for Girls in Malawi
  • Child Marriage in Niger
  • Child Sex Trafficking in Uganda
Cantonese/ Putonghua
  • School-related Gender-based Violence in Vietnam
  • Out-of-school Girls in Mali
  • School Closing in Ecuador
  • Drought in Zimbabwe
  • Civil War in Syria
  • Flooding in Pakistan
  • Schoolgirls Kidnapping in Nigeria
  • Female Genital Mutilation in Guinea
  • Teenage Pregnancy in Nicaragua
Best Presentation Team

Champion: St. Stephen’s Girls’ College

Topic: Child Sex Trafficking in Uganda

1st Runner-up: Cyclone in Bangladesh

Topic: St. Paul’s Co-educational College

2nd Runner-up: Po Leung Kuk Yao Ling Sun College

Topic: Out-of-school Girls in Mali

Merit: Heung To Middle School

Topic: Female Genital Mutilation in Guinea

Merit: Holy Trinity College

Topic: School Closing in Ecuador

Best Presenter

Asra Sainju

School: Good Hope School

Topic: Conflict and Displacement in South Sudan

 

Adriana Mai

School: Holy Trinity College

Topic: School Closing in Ecuador

Best Poster Design

School: St. Paul’s College

Topic: Drought in Zimbabwe 

Adjudicators

Dr. Yuk-wah Chan, Associate Professor, Department of Asian and International Studies, City University of Hong Kong, Mr. Chan-yau Chong, Director, EL Education, Ms. Irene Chu, Partner, KPMG, Ms. Kanie Siu, Chief Executive Officer, Plan International Hong Kong

Discussants

Students from: Department of Asian and International Studies; Department of Applied Social Sciences; Department of Linguistics and Translation; Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong

Master of Ceremonies

Cassie Chan, Youth Ambassador, Plan International Hong Kong

Joanna Ng, Youth Ambassador, Plan International Hong Kong

Acknowledgement

Main Sponsor: KPMG 

Supported by: Baker& McKenzie, Credit-Suisse, Hong Kong Speakers Bureau, EL Education

Volunteer Photographer: Mr. Tom Chan, Mr. Dan Cheung, Mr. K.K. Leung

Volunteer Videographer: Mr. Edwin Tam