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    Gender equality is achieved when women and men enjoy the same level of rights, resources, opportunities and protections. However, according to the annual Global Gender Gap Report published by the World Economic Forum, it is estimated that it will take another 100 years to close the global gender gap (1). The situation has even deteriorated in some countries, including the U.S., indicating that the whole world should address this issue more proactively and strive for continuous improvement.


    Despite the grave situation, the establishment of The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in 2010 exemplified global efforts to create an environment in which every woman can exercise her rights and live up to her full potential. In addition, gender equality is also included as one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), recognizing gender equality as being key to attaining long-term sustainability. Hong Kong, being an international hub, has also taken bold steps to advocate gender equality, particularly in the area of women empowerment. For instance, statistics published by the Women's Commission revealed that the percentage of female students pursuing postsecondary education has increased by 50% in 2016 compared to 2006 (2).


    Hang Lung acknowledges the importance of gender balance in offering diverse perspectives in decision-making. As of the end of 2017, 40% of our executives were female. We have also formulated the Equal Employment Opportunity Policy to strictly prohibit all kinds of gender discrimination, aiming to create a discrimination-free work environment for employees and job candidates.


    1.  http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_GGGR_2017.pdf

    2.  https://www.women.gov.hk/download/research/HK_Women2017_e.pdf

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