Plan international hong kong – City University of Hong Kong ‘Girls Get Equal’ Youth Conference 2020 Open For Application

Open for application
(Deadline: 17 November 2020 (Tuesday)*


*Programme postponed:
Given the state of the ongoing Coronavirus developments, the ‘Girls Get Equal’ Youth Conference 2020 originally scheduled for October – December 2021 will be postponed to January – March 2021.
We are currently accepting applications until 17 November 2020.
Please see the below for the updated programme schedule.


Open to Secondary 3 or above students
 Looking for passionate and socially conscious youth to speak out on gender inequality!

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What is the ‘girls get equal’ Youth Conference?


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 young people to meet and exchange ideas on the plight of girls in low-income countries, by conducting desk research, public speaking, and social media campaigning.

Plan International is one of the world’s leading development organisations specifically focusing on children, with expertise on girls’ rights.

Our global youth-led campaign ‘Girls Get Equal’, calls for equal power, freedom, and representation for girls.

At the conference, students act as representatives of girls in low-income countries and speak on an issue concerning girls’ within their respective country along with proposing suggestions for improvement.

A ‘University Section’ with participants from the Department of Asian and International Studies of City University of Hong Kong will complement the secondary school section.

Highlights of Youth Conference 2019

Programme Objectives
  • To encourage and inspire young people to advocate for girls’ rights
  • To foster a sense of global citizenship
  • Engage with like-minded youths on issues of international affairs
  • Develop transferable skills – research, public speaking, digital media – for application in and outside the classroom

Invite applications from students of Form 3 or above to join the Secondary School Section

Students of Form 3 or above as of this academic year (2019-2020) from the same school/organisation can form teams consisting of 3 to 4 students and enrol in the ‘Secondary School Section’.

Longlisted teams will be invited to attend an online interview to be held on 28 November 2020 (Sat), where no more than 9 teams will be selected to participate in the conference to be held on 27 March 2021 (Sat).

Students are required to join two training workshops led by industry professionals on 23 January 2021 (Sat) and 6 February 2021 (Sat) to enhance their understanding of girls’ issues, desk research techniques and digital media skills.

Participants will also visit and use the archives from the City University of Hong Kong library. The training workshops and conference are full-day activities which will be held at the City University of Hong Kong.

‘Youth Power – Best Campaign Award’

To raise public awareness of girls’ issues, students are tasked with creating a social media post based on their designated presentation topic.

The post will be published on Plan International Hong Kong’s Facebook and Instagram pages for maximising page view and engagement.

Under the guidance of professionals, each team will be trained in digital media skills and offered consultations on how to utilise social media for cause-related marketing.

Last year’s winning team from Queen Elizabeth School created the #OwnYourFruit campaign on the theme ‘Female Genital Mutilation in Tanzania’, which attracted over 1,500 Instagram likes in 7 days. Read about their campaign featured in SCMP’s Young Post, linked here.

Programme Schedule
Date & Time Activity Venue
17 November 2020 (Tuesday) Application deadline
28 November 2020 (Saturday)

10 am – 3 pm

Online Interview
23 January 2021 (Saturday)

10 am – 5 pm

Training workshop 1 City University of Hong Kong
6 February 2021 (Saturday)

10 am – 5 pm

Training workshop 2
6 March 2021 (Saturday)

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Training workshop 3
8 – 14 March 2021

(Mon – Sun)

Social Media Campaign Launch Period
27 March 2021 (Saturday)

9 am – 5 pm

Youth Conference
  • Best Presentation Team
    • Champion – (max. 4 persons) will be fully sponsored to join ’Be a Change-maker 2021’ programme, which includes training workshops, 7-day overseas field trip*, and community seed project in Hong Kong. *TBC
    • Merit
  • Best Presenter
  • Creative Team Award
  • ‘Youth Power’ – Best Campaign Award

Upon completion of the programme, students will receive a Certificate of Participation and Youth Conference T-shirt.


Free of charge. Depending on the restrictions imposed on large gatherings, lunch and refreshments will be provided at the three full-day events.

Presentation Languages

Cantonese, English, and Mandarin

Adjudicators/Workshop Speakers


Programme Brief

To learn more about the ‘Youth Conference’ schedule and workshops, please download the programme brief.

Download Programme Brief
How to apply
Apply Online Now Download Application Form

Completed forms should be submitted to Plan International Hong Kong through one of the following methods:

  • By post: 21/F, 9 Chong Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong

ATTN: Ms. Emily Wong

Application deadline: 17 November 2020 (Monday)

For any questions on Youth Conference 2020, please contact: Ms. Emily Wong – Manager of Hong Kong Programme and Development Education Department at 3405-5321 or [email protected]

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