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HKU launches family-friendly measures to help women advance their careers

VP (ASR) Professor Terry Au Kit-fong revealed that the university has launched and planned to introduce a series of family-friendly measures to improve gender equality and diversity on campus so that women would have more opportunities to career advancement. Currently, the higher the rank goes in the university, the lower the percentage of women. The percentage of women in dean-level positions have increased from less than 10% to 20% from four years ago given numerous initiatives. Professor Au has also come up with about 20 measures to further improve the situation. About 10 have been implemented so far. They include: contract extension of one additional year for each child born, flexible work hours, extra annual leave for those who need to take care of their sick parents. The university has also hired a consultant company to offer leadership training to female staff. (Wen Wei Po)

He For She: Sciences Po Commits to Taking Action for Gender Equality

Sciences Po, an active member of the UN HeForShe movement, is working towards three HeForShe commitments for 2020. For more details, go to http://www.sciencespo.fr/students/en/living/gender-equality

BaptistU to Introduce Sexual Harassment Redress Scheme for Athletes

The BaptistU Department of Physical Education and the Hong Kong Coaching Committee will hold a seminar “Protect Young Athletes Against Sexual Harassment” on February 1 with an aim to increase the awareness of practitioners in the sport and education sectors about sexual harassment and ways to prevent it. The department will also provide clear guidelines on sexual harassment prevention and establish a redress system to handle complaints from athletes. The university plans to undergo integrity check when hiring teachers or coaches.  (Press release: http://hkbuenews.hkbu.edu.hk/?t=press_release_details/2215)

Screen Bodies

The articles in this issue of Screen Bodies range from women beauty vloggers’ practices of self-definition as a means of challenging mainstream conceptions of art, makeup, and femininity to an analysis of various twentieth-century figural appropriations of shock therapy in the realm of artistic theory and practice. This issue concludes with a report and reviews.

For more information about the journal, go to: www.berghahnjournals.com/screen-bodies

What is a 'Chinese woman artist'?

In WAGIC’s very first podcast, hosts Tessa Qiu and Yuan Ren are joined by researchers Dr Monica Merlin (Birmingham School of Art), Luise Guest (White Rabbit Collection), Christina Yuen Zi Chung (University of Washington) and artist Yi Dai to respond to the questions: What is a 'Chinese woman artist'? And is there such a thing as 'Chinese women’s art'?

Details are at https://www.wagic.org/podcast

Women's visibility in academic seminars: women ask fewer questions than men

A recent article from Physics and Society observes that women ask fewer questions at seminars, but that if a woman is called on to ask the first question, female participation increases.  Additionally, allowing more time for questions​, increases female participation. The authors argue that addressing the gender balance in seminar participation can help with retention and promotion of female faculty.

Read the article at​ https://arxiv.org/abs/1711.10985

The Coordinating Council for Women in History (CCWH): Seeking Projects to Promote on Twitter

The Coordinating Council for Women in History (CCWH) is seeking scholarly history projects to promote on their Twitter page, @TheCCWH. The CCWH is an organization dedicated to promoting the work of women, female, bigender, trans-femme, and two-spirit scholars of history, as well as scholarly work related to women's and gender history. If you have an exciting project, archive, DH initiative, institute, conference, CFP, or grant/award opportunity that you would like us to share on Twitter, please email Alexi Garrett at asg4c@virginia.edu.

TWF Cambridge Scholarship Scheme

Since 2013, The Women's Foundation scholarship has supported one local Hong Kong graduate student to pursue the MPhil in Gender Studies at Cambridge every year. The one-year MPhil in Gender Studies is multidisciplinary in its make-up, involving over 23 departments within the university and an international network of gender scholars. For more information, go to https://www.gender.cam.ac.uk/mphil/twf

Resources: Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film

The Center generates a number of large annual studies documenting women’s representation and portrayals, as well as substantial investigations of the business environment surrounding women in film and television.

For details of their reports, go to http://womenintvfilm.sdsu.edu/research/

Anti-Sexual Harassment Resources -Say “No” to Sexual Harassment

Everyone – whether a student or an employee – is protected from unlawful sexual harassment acts under the Sex Discrimination Ordinance (SDO). This webpage provides information and resources for all members of the Hong Kong community on sexual harassment, to help them gain better understanding of such unlawful behaviour and the legal protection available, and encourage them to take necessary precautionary measures.


Tani E. Barlow Papers Available for Research

The Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women and the John Hay Library at Brown University are proud to announce the opening of the Tani E. Barlow papers. This collection was processed as part of the Feminist Theory Archive, established in 2003, which documents the work of influential feminist theorists and scholars of difference who examine sex and gender at the center of theoretical study.