The Second “Plan International Youth Conference” Successfully Held 16 Teams from Seven Schools Discussed Girls’ Rights

The second “Plan International Youth Conference” was successfully held on 10 September at the University. 16 teams from seven local secondary schools participated in the conference.

The second “Plan International Youth Conference”, jointly organised by Plan International Hong Kong and Department of Asian and International Studies of City University of Hong Kong, was successfully held on 10 September at the University. Under the theme “JUSTICE: Because I am a Girl”, the conference aims to encourage young people in Hong Kong to understand the dire situations girls in developing countries face and foster a sense global citizenship among teenagers. 16 teams from seven local secondary schools participated in the conference. Representing one developing country, each team presented on the situation of local girls and made suggestions for improvement.

This youth conference serves as a platform for students in Hong Kong to understand global issues and learn from each other.

Dr Darwin Chen, Board Member of Plan International Hong Kong, attended the conference and delivered the opening speech.

Ms Mirana Mahrukh, Consul of Consulate General of The People’s Republic of Bangladesh in Hong Kong, also attended the conference and delivered a keynote speech about the post-cyclone conditions in Bangladesh.

Ms Mirana Mahrukh shared the post-cyclone conditions in Bangladesh with the students.

The conference covered a broad range of topics including child marriage in Niger, sexual violence against children in Brazil, city safety for girls in India, female genital mutilation in Guinea and so on. Ms Kanie Siu, CEO of Plan International Hong Kong,  attended the conference and acted as one of the adjudicators. Other guests serving on the panel of adjudicators included Dr Yuk-wah Chan, Associate Professor of the Department of Asian and International Studies of City University of Hong Kong; Mr Chan-yau Chong, Director of EL Education; Ms Jackie Lee, Senior Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility of KPMG; Dr Vivian Lee, Associate Professor of Department of Chinese and History of City University of Hong Kong; Prof Maria Tam, Associate Professor of Department of Anthropology of Chinese University of Hong Kong and Ms Yvette To, Phd candidate of Department of Asian and International Studies of City University of Hong Kong.

Mr Chan-yau Chong, Director of EL Education, serves as one of the adjudicators for the conference.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to KPMG for their sponsorship as well as Credit Suisse and Hong Kong Speakers Bureau for their generous support to the Youth Conference.

Each team represented one developing country to present on the situation of local girls and then made suggestions for improvement.