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CGED Knowledge Exchange Series

Marginalisation and Empowerment: Voices of Hong Kong Women

Marginalisation and Empowerment: Voices of Hong Kong Women

7 March 2021 (Sunday)


Click here for the link to the Zoom recording.

2:30pm: Opening Remarks by Gina Marchetti, CGED Chairperson and Ricky Chu, EOC Chairperson

2:40pm: Panel 1 – Class, Race and Gender: Intersectionality and Women in Hong Kong

Moderator: Alvin K. Wong, Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, HKU


Brenda R. Alegre, Lecturer, Gender Studies, HKU

Leeh Ann, photographer and migrant worker

Si-si Liu, Director, Hong Kong Federation of Women’s Centres

3:40pm: Panel 2 – Visual Storytelling: Photography as Empowerment

Moderator: Roslyn Hammers, Associate Professor, Department of Art History, HKU


Nicole Huang, Chair and Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, HKU

Kawaljot Kaur, photographer and Comparative Literature student

Lydia Kibandi, Global Programme Director, Lensational

4:30pm: Wrap-up by Li Chong, Lead, Knowledge Exchange and Outreach, CGED

This seminar is co-organised by the Committee on Gender Equality and Diversity (CGED), Faculty of Arts, The University of Hong Kong (HKU), and the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) as a concurrent event of the photo exhibition “The Way We Are” at G/F, Run Run Shaw Tower, HKU, from 6-23 March 2021.

In 1989, American scholar and civil rights advocate Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term “intersectionality” to capture how various forms of inequality often operate together and exacerbate each other, arguing that neither sexism nor racism alone could account for experiences of oppression among African American women.

Thirty years on, the concept remains a useful and relevant lens to understand the marginalisation of women in different cultural contexts. Focusing on carers, non-Chinese youth, migrant workers and new arrivals from mainland China, this seminar examines how gender, ethnic identity and socio-economic status continue to intersect and inform the challenges facing underrepresented women in Hong Kong today, and their implications for public policy. It also explores the history and potential of art – photography in particular – as a medium of empowerment and catharsis.

CGED is one of 14 organisations supporting the Equal Opportunities Commission’s (EOC’s) new online campaign and virtual exhibition of over 130 original photographic works contributed by underrepresented groups in Hong Kong. 

For details of the exhibition, please visit:

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