Youth Corner

Over 60 Students Voice out for Girls’ Rights in Youth Conference

Plan International Hong Kong has organised Youth Conference since 2015 with the Department of Asian and International Studies of City University of Hong Kong for local young people to learn about international issues, especially girls’ situations in low income countries, through desktop research, discussion, public speaking, and poster design. With the theme of “Fight of Girls’ Justice”, 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, training workshops were held on 11th and 18th August at City University of Hong Kong. Dr. K. K. YUEN, Executive Manager. UNESCO Hong Kong Association, Mr. Sean LIN, Founding speaker, Hong Kong Speakers Bureau, Dr. Linda Y. N. TJIA, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian and International Studies, City University of Hong Kong and Dr. Kanie SIU, Chief Executive Officer, Plan International Hong Kong were invited to speak at the workshops to enhance students’ knowledge of global citizenship, presentation skills, research techniques and girls’ issues.

Dr. K. K. YUEN, Executive Manager. UNESCO Hong Kong Association introduced the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

Dr. Linda Y. N. TJIA, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian and International Studies, City University of Hong Kong shared her tips on research techniques.

Students actively listened to the Mr. Sean LIN, Founding speaker, Hong Kong Speakers Bureau, who taught students how to improve their presentation skills.

Dr. Kanie SIU, Chief Executive Officer, Plan International Hong Kong urges students to learn about the problems and challenges faced by girls in developing countries.

 

Plan International Hong Kong – City University of Hong Kong Youth Conference 2018 was successfully held at the City University of Hong Kong on 29 September 2018. A total of 62 students, from different secondary schools and the Department of Asian and International Studies of City University of Hong Kong participated in the Conference. Mr. Szeto, Board Member, Plan International Hong Kong, Dr. Federico Ferrara, Associate Head, Department of Asian and International Studies, City University of Hong Kong and Ms. Nurul Qoiriah, Head of Sub-office, International Organisation for Migration Hong Kong were invited to attend the opening ceremony and gave speeches.

Mr. Szeto, Board Member, Plan International Hong Kong welcomed students to join the event.


Dr. Federico Ferrara, Associate Head, Department of Asian and International Studies, City University of Hong Kong attended the event and gave a speech.


Ms. Nurul Qoiriah, the Keynote Speaker shed light on the issue of trafficking of women and girls in Asia.

Participating Schools

Secondary Division

  • Good Hope School
  • Heep Yunn School
  • Heung To Middle School
  • Holy Trinity College
  • Leung Shek Chee College
  • Madam Lau Kam Lung Secondary School Of Miu Fat Buddhist Monastery
  • Our Lady of the Rosary College
  • Sacred Heart Canossian College
  • Paul’s College
  • Stephen’s Girls’ College
  • Tak Oi Secondary School
  • The Hong Kong Taoist Association Ching Chung Secondary School

Tertiary Division

  • Department of Asian and International Studies of City University of Hong Kong
Topics
English
  • Child Marriage in South Sudan
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Egypt
  • Adolescent Pregnancy in Guatemala
  • Safe Cities for Girls in Vietnam
  • Sanitation and Open Defecation in Ethiopia
  • Trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of girls in Indonesia
  • Gender inequality and early childhood development in Timor-Leste
  • Girls’ Legal Rights and Access to Justice in Myanmar
  • Digital Empowerment of Girls in Brazil
Cantonese/ Putonghua
  • Girls in the Rohingya Refugee Crisis
  • Girls Affected by Armed Conflicts in Central African Republic
  • Honor-related Crimes and Violence Against Girls in Pakistan
  • Female Foeticide and Infanticide in India
  • Gender based violence in Ecuador
  • School-related Gender-based Violence in Cambodia
  • Discrimination in education against pregnant girls and child mothers in Tanzania
Best Presentation Team

Champion (Secondary Division – English)

Good Hope School

Topic: Trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of girls in Indonesia

Champion (Secondary Division – Chinese)

Sacred Heart Canossian College

Topic: Gender based violence in Ecuador

Champion (Tertiary Division)

Topic: Digital Empowerment of Girls in Brazil

1st Runner-up (Secondary Division – English)

St. Stephen’s Girls’ College

Topic: Sanitation and Open Defecation in Ethiopia

1st Runner-up (Secondary Division – Chinese)

Holy Trinity College

Topic: Girls in the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

2nd Runner-up (Secondary Division – English)

Good Hope School

Topic: Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Egypt

2nd Runner-up (Secondary Division – Chinese)

Heung To Middle School

Topic: Discrimination in education against pregnant girls and child mothers in Tanzania

Best Presenter

 

Secondary Division – English

Ms. Wong (Good Hope School)

Topic: Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Egypt

Secondary Division – Chinese

Ms. Lin (Heung To Middle School)

Topic: Discrimination in education against pregnant girls and child mothers in Tanzania

Tertiary Division

Ms. Saenz

Topic: Gender inequality and early childhood development in Timor-Leste

Best Poster Design

 

School: Department of Asian and International Studies, City University of Hong Kong

Topic: Digital Empowerment of Girls in Brazil

Adjudicators

Ms. Sylvene FONG, Partner, Audit, KPMG, Ms. Kanie SIU, Chief Executive Officer, Plan International Hong Kong, Ms. Luisa TAM, Senior Editor, South China Morning Post, Dr. Linda Y. N. TJIA, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian and International Studies, City University of Hong Kong, Ms. Nurul QOIRIAH, Head of Sub-office, International Organization for Migration Hong Kong and Dr. K. K. YUEN, Executive Manager, UNESCO Hong Kong Association

Discussants

Students from Department of Asian and International Studies of City University of Hong Kong

Master of Ceremonies

Cassie, Youth Ambassador, Plan International Hong Kong

Sharnasree, Youth Ambassador, Plan International Hong Kong

Joanna, Youth Ambassador, Plan International Hong Kong

Acknowledgement

Main sponsor:  KPMG

Supported by: Credit Suisse, DKNT, Swarovski Hong Kong Limited, Hong Kong Speakers Bureau and UNESCO Hong Kong Association

Voluntary photographer: Mr. Tom Chan, Mr. K.K. Leung, Ms. Candy Yip