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A letter from our 2019 co-chairs, Jen and Daniella

Jen Flowers and Daniella Lopez
Picture taken by Emily Cheng

Wow! Three years of TEDxTinHauWomen in Hong Kong. What an adventure it has been. We were sad to see one of our founding members Stef Myers take a step back this year, but we are happy she has stayed involved with coaching our amazing speakers. We’re also thankful to have a bigger leadership team this year, growing from 3 to 6.

So what should you expect today? An afternoon filled with brilliance demonstrating diverse ways of being bold – and nobody apologising for it.

For 7.5 months our 70- strong committee have been working tirelessly to create today’s experience. Look out for them in the brightly coloured scarves! From Monday night meetings, to mountains of content creation, to securing talented coaches and stylists, to designing the space we are in, and creating a community of partners and advocates, everything you experience here today is testament to the team’s hard work, putting in the hours to create a like-minded community that has ideas worth spreading! For those who have been involved before –  we thank you and welcome you back. For those who are newcomers today – welcome to the family. TEDxTinHauWomen is here to stay and we could not do it without all of you!

A few things to note – besides this recycled paper booklet, we are aiming to be as sustainable as possible. Make sure you check your email for the fantastice-vouchers and visit all the incredible booths and experiences – drinks, food, fun and laughter all await. Today is about you – believe in your strength and ability to make change. As a thank you to the #BoldAndBrilliant team and the incredible lineup of speakers and performers, keep spreading ideas, inspiring others and tell us how we did with a follow up survey too!

All the love – your crazy co-chairs Jen & Daniella

Joining TEDxTinHauWomen tomorrow? Here is all you need to know.

Here’s all you need to know to rock TEDxTinHauWomen Bold and Brilliant 2019 *Without Apologies tomorrow!

Event Schedule:

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM : Registration

1:45 PM – 3:15 PM : Session One

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM : Experience Zones (Move, Empower, Protect, & Dream)

4:15 PM – 6:00 PM: Session Two

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM: Cocktail reception

Getting there

sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck at the ICC is conveniently located in the heart of Hong Kong, right above Kowloon Station (Address: 100/F, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong)

By MTR: get off at Kowloon Station from Tung Chung (yellow) or Airport Express lines. Take Exit C to reach sky100.

By car: A taxi ride from Central only spans 14mins.

Your Pelago Ticket

Please arrive with your digital QR ticket on hand (no need to print it!). If you can’t find your tickets through your email, the easiest way to retrieve your ticket is to download Pelago app and sign up with the same email address used for registration. Your ticket will be waiting for you under My Tickets in the app.

Get ready to bring your boldness & brilliance!

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Tickets sold out for for Dec 6, 2019 TEDxTinHauWomen event.

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Overcoming our own barriers

“Get out of your own way!” Such an easy thing to say; so much harder to do. Overcoming debilitating self-doubt is a struggle for many people, especially women. One of our (amazing) committee member’s talks through their personal mantras for success.

“Get out of your own way!” Such an easy thing to say; so much harder to do. Overcoming debilitating self-doubt is a struggle for many people, especially women. Recognising where this undeserving negativity comes from is a unique individual battle. Many competent women with whom I have had the pleasure of working or calling friends have experienced that little voice of self-doubt, spanning both professional and personal circumstances.

Overcoming barriers in your personal life, career, family, fitness journey, or any health and mental wellness challenges you are facing often means looking within and bringing about some change to reframe and gain a new perspective. For example, the challenge of not recognising the praise you deserve or letting others take the glory by not speaking up for yourself can lead to feeding the notion of not being “good enough”. Think of the times you or other women have taken a step back and hidden from praise (“Oh no, it’s nothing, it’s fine, it didn’t take me long.”) or when women don’t speak up to take the recognition for something you know they played a huge part in — letting someone else, often a male counterpart, bask in the glory of that success.

Holding ourselves to the idea of having and doing it all makes being “good enough” impossible. In whose eyes are we seeking acceptance? Who are the ones holding these expectations? The truth is, we are the ones measuring ourselves against such high standards — career women, caretakers, mothers, partners, leaders, and sisters. There are not enough hours in the day for everyone else, let alone yourself! So how can you overcome these mental barriers and start paying attention and looking after yourself?

Surround yourself with people who support YOU! Brené Brown speaks to this support in her book The Gifts of Imperfection:

“Who has earned the right to hear my story? If we have one or two people in our lives who can sit with us and hold space for our shame stories, and love us for our strengths and struggles, we are incredibly lucky. If we have a friend, or small group of friends or family who embraces our imperfections, vulnerabilities, and power, and fills us with a sense of belonging, we are incredibly lucky.”

Like many people, I feel FEAR — fear of being true to myself; fear of understanding what it is that makes me truly happy; fear of letting people down; fear of failure; fear of not being good enough. I have felt that being a nice person, who wears their heart on their sleeve, had failed me a little, not put me further ahead in my career; that being ‘too kind’ had turned into a negative reflection on my abilities. This notion still baffles me, but I’m learning to stop apologising for it. I am an emotional person. That’s me. That’s what you get!

Another barrier we all face is finding the courage to leap from our comfort zones. If you are continuously overwhelmed with the “what next?” question, to a point of not making decisions and moving forward (because who knows where that might take you?), then ask yourself: What good are you doing staying stuck?

“What if I fall?   Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?” – Erin Hanson

Making a decision is ultimately always better than not, be it career decisions, family decisions, or finally making a conscious effort to cut that negative person out of your life, because, well… they just don’t do you justice. We often find huge relief when we do make a decision and just ride with it into the unknown. We made a move to change something, and that is a positive step.

Feeling like you are overcoming these small hurdles to get where you think you might want to go mounts up into big wins. Each hurdle surmounted becomes a moment to feel proud to be where you are. The days you tell a little part of your HUGE story and someone really listens and reacts with “WOW! That is amazing.” The moments where you think, “I did myself proud!”  

So back to the voice, sitting on your shoulder, in your ear, in moments you’d rather forget. Use this voice as your cheerleader! Use this voice as your hero! This should be the voice of kindness and forgiveness.

Being a part of the TEDxTin HauWomen committee has certainly helped me overcome some of the barriers I put up for myself in the past. This blog is a thank you to those who believe in others, who encourage the idea of being brave, and who are genuinely accepting of people for what they bring to the table. 

You are ultimately in control of your life. No one else’s, just yours. That voice inside your head saying you are not this, you are not that, you are not good enough — here’s the thing: most people have that voice, but there are many that choose to ignore it.

The people you look at and think “Wow, they are impressive! They are incredible!” You know what? Someone is thinking the exact same thing of you. So believe in your talents, believe in your positive influence, embrace your differences, and be kind. Surround yourself with people who support, nurture and believe in you and surround yourself with those you can learn from. You’ll find it’s a much more beneficial place to be.

In a world of positive affirmations (which are fun, powerful, and reassuring — try them!), here are some positive moves to help you hero yourself and those around you: 

1. Bask in your own glory! If you have genuinely tried your best, done it from the heart, put in as much effort as you could afford at the time… then accept it as a job well done. Be proud, and move ahead.

2. Hero others. If you know your friend or colleague or family member is not so great at telling people how great they are, do it for them! A positive reputation spreads, and people will always remember how you make them feel.

3. You are deserving of praise. For those in need of a little boost of self-confidence, write down the things in your life you are proud of. Reflect on what you have, where you are, who surrounds you, and how you got there. Cliché as it sounds, you are meant to be exactly where you are. Even if that’s challenging right now, you will learn from it and come out bolder. It’s taken me years to realise that many of my “shortcomings” are perhaps my most powerful gifts, and should be celebrated. Some days I still hear that voice, but I’m slowly drowning her out and telling her to pipe down — way more often than I used to.

4. Have a person. Having someone you can talk to, who gets you, can be very helpful. Sharing your thoughts with a partner, family member, good friend or even a professional who carries no judgment, puts your thinking back on track and may even reverse some of your fears by making you realise most of the concerns you have are not valid outside of your own thinking.

5. Deciding enough is enough. Do something about shifting your thoughts. Find a coach to help the process! Life coaches are readily available in HK and often have free workshops! Enrolling in something that suits you might be the best present you ever buy yourself. Believe in your own worth and invest the time to discover your truths.

Who is anyone to tell you whether or not you are worthy as a person, or of achieving or reaching out for what you want? Or just taking the time to “figure it out”, whatever “it” might be. Someone once said to me, “Get out of your own way.” Never have truer words been spoken. Even our speakers worked with a talented team of coaches!

So in conclusion — and yes, it is the theme of our event this year — always remember you are “Bold & Brilliant!” So don’t apologise, even to yourself.

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Tickets are sold out for Dec 6, 2019 TEDxTinHauWomen event. 

To see 2018 talks, click here: https://tedxtinhauwomen.com/watch/2018-2/

Written by: Nikki on behalf of TEDxTinHauWomen

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TEDxTinHauWomen 2019’s event schedule is out… and it’s AWESOME!

Schedule for the upcoming TEDxTinHauWomen Bold and Brilliant 2019 talks and activities on Friday Dec 6.

Event Schedule: 

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM : Registration

1:45 PM – 3:30 PM : Session One

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM : Experience Zones (Move, Empower, Protect, & Dream)

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Session Two

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM: Cocktail reception


Sky 100 Hong Kong Observation Deck

International Commerce Centre (ICC), 1 Austin Rd W, West Kowloon

Zone Descriptions:

There are 4 zones that you will be traversing through at the event – Move, Empower, Protect and Dream.

Move Zone  *without apologies — brought to you by J.P. Morgan

Join a movement toward sustainable growth and thriving communities, with a conscious focus on making a difference. Learn immediate steps we all can take to create positive change for our planet and its people. We’ll do this in the community with ImpactHK; one sustainable product at a time with Green Ladies; and within a business setting taking responsibility across the board — grab a coffee cup and let’s start a movement!

“The future depends on what you do today.” Mahatma Gandhi.

Empower Zone  *without apologies — brought to you by Allen and Overy

Engage with remarkable women from across Hong Kong to empower yourself and the people around you. Look through a mirror of self- reflection then share your stories over a great cup of tea or coffee! As a consumer, take an honest look at how and what you buy with Retykle and be ready to transform your wardrobe, do your bit to tackle textile waste, and be empowered to make lasting changes for you and your family.

“When we empower women, society benefits, grows, and thrives”  Paul Polman.

Protect Zone  *without apologies — brought to you by Bank of America

How can we ensure safe communities and healthy environments for future generations? Take some time out in the meditation area and take a moment or two for yourself. Learn how to protect your body with Barre2Barre. Support girls’ education and children’s literacy with Room to Read; understand sustainable swimwear for change-makers of the future with Cosmo Crew; enjoy a dedicated area focused on protecting yourself and your family, no apologies here.

“Our life is shaped by our mind, for we become what we think.” Buddha.

Dream Zone

*without apologies — brought to you by TEDxTinHauWomen

Find out what makes TEDxTinHauWomen Bold and Brilliant! This is a space to come and create and learn. See highlights from our last three years. Chat with the committee, have a coffee and a chocolate with some of our past speakers, and discover what it takes to create the event each year. See our amazing artist in action live, and watch as your dreams come to life in real time. Take a mindful moment to watch a previous talk and be inspired alongside a glass of wine by Montrose. We can’t wait to meet you!

“Dream, struggle, create, prevail. Be daring. Be brave. Be loving. Be compassionate. Be strong. Be brilliant. Be beautiful.” Caterina Fake

Don’t miss the chance to be inspired by our wonderful speakers!

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Tickets sold out for for Dec 6, 2019 TEDxTinHauWomen event.

Friendly reminder that there are no refunds on tickets purchased. However, the tickets can be re-registered or simply share the QR code. No tickets will be sold on site.

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The secret to a great talk? Great coaching

Behind the scenes our speakers have been busy writing, re-writing, practicing and repeating their upcoming talks. But they aren’t doing that alone. They are supported by our seriously awesome set of coaches!  Coaches play a big role. They conduct regular meetings with speakers to help them in:

  • Writing, timing & tweaking a talk that flows engagingly
  • Capturing the audience even in the first few words of the talk
  • Zen-style’n the visuals
  • Providing tips and tricks for memorizing the words
  • Training the speaker to own the stage confidently – even when the speakers heart pumps with adrenaline

We would like to give special thanks to our amazing coaches, who generously volunteered their time to prepare our speakers for such a huge event.  They have been invaluable to TEDxTinHauWomen and our speakers.

#TEDxTinHauWomen #BoldAndBrilliant #WithoutApologies

See you Dec 6 at the TEDxTinHauWomen event

(NOTE: tickets are now sold out).   

To see 2018 talks, click here

Written by: Lisa on behalf of TEDxTinHauWomen

Common struggles women have but don’t talk about

TEDxTinHauWomen conducted an internal survey around common struggles that women face.  By sharing our personal experiences alongside these results we hope to shed some light on these otherwise private struggles – and suggest what we can do to change it.

Let’s talk about the elephants in the room. Yes, you read that correctly – elephants, plural. As women, we share common struggles that are rarely spoken about openly due to fear, shame, and/or embarrassment.  TEDxTinHauWomen conducted a survey with their internal planning committee to shed some light on these otherwise private struggles.  Results from an internal survey the TEDxTinHauWomen committee completed showed:

  • Nearly 72%* of women have experienced being called bossy or bitchy by a male for simply being assertive (i.e. speaking up).
  • 50%* of women are concerned about re-entering the workforce after having a family or career break
  • Nearly 79%* of women were asked to do something simply because they are female such as being asked to be in front of men to ‘lure’ them in or close deals.

My personal experiences are inline with these struggles. My very first part-time job was at a fast food chain. It was an incredible way to learn about the efficiencies of this successful brand and the operations behind it. I was asked to be a cashier simply because I was female. But I wanted to work in the back kitchen because I loved to work quickly. It was like a game to me, to push out correct orders as fast and efficient as possible. I was told no, “girls should be at the front because they are more attractive to people.” I was 14 years old at the time, and shocked to hear this reasoning.

Relatedly, according to research conducted by The Women’s Foundation, the gender pay gap in Hong Kong is 22% which is worse than it was 10 years ago. We often think that if we work hard enough, the hard work will pay off in remuneration. Unfortunately Hong Kong pay gap data suggests this is not always the case.

How can we eliminate these struggles? One step is to discuss these issues more openly. Don’t have the right people around to discuss it? Surround yourself with others. Join a community, such as TEDxTinHauWomen. We are aiming to cultivate both women and men to create a stronger and more inclusive community, where we can share our stories and inspire others

Tickets for the Dec 6, 2019 TEDxTinHauWomen event: http://pelago.me/TEDxTinHauWomen  

RSVP for the most up to date event information: https://www.facebook.com/events/3154923897852879/ 

To see 2018 talks, click here

Written by: Camille Or on behalf of TEDxTinHauWomen

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Announcing 2019 TEDxTinHauWomen speakers

Summary: TEDxTInHauWomen have curated six incredible speakers (plus a special performance) for the Dec 6, 2019 Bold & Brilliant event. Read on for details. 

An Inheritance Worth Sharing – Ritu Hemnani

Ritu Hemnani

What is your true inheritance? Pearls and rubies sitting in a bank vault? A promised apartment? Those dashing dimples in your cheek from mum? Storyteller Ritu Hemnani takes us on her journey in search of her migrant family’s long buried history.  Digging deep into our family narratives can help us understand ourselves and give our children the seeds of resilience, courage and hope. Our true inheritance grows when it is shared widely and generously.

Ritu is an author, journalist, teacher and voice actor who promotes inclusiveness and diversity through her writing. Her articles and stories have been published in the SCMP, Asian Literary Review and Reader’s Digest. Ritu is the Director of Heritage Publishing Ltd and her children’s book, Gope and Meera – A Migration Story, seeks to foster awareness and empathy for  migrants in our communities.

In search of Life on Mars – Dr. Angélica Anglés

Dr. Angélica Anglés

As a child, Angélica and her grandfather would look at the night sky together, looking for bright stars and planets. Her love for space led her to pursue a global career in Planetary Exploration. In this talk, Angélica will share what can be learned from planetary exploration and why she is  committed to searching for extraterrestrial life on Mars.

Angélica is a planetary scientist, astrobiologist, astrophysicist (and pianist) whose research is centred around the search for extraterrestrial life on Mars. By travelling to and studying places here on Earth which are similar to Mars – such as the world’s highest desert in Tibet, the Pilbara in Australia or the hot springs of New Zealand – she has uncovered important clues. Due to her research she was part of the landing site selection team for the next NASA mission Mars 2020.

A Billion dollar dowry, 10,000 suitors and a love that cannot be celebrated – Gigi Chao

Gigi Chao

Marriage is the ultimate public demonstration of two people’s commitment to each other. Despite recent recognition around the world, marriage equality lags behind in Hong Kong. In this talk, Gigi will talk about her experience with marriage and how individuals, and Hong Kong, can create a more inclusive and supportive environment for same sex couples — allowing them their rite of passage.

Gigi is an accomplished architect who was thrust into the spotlight in 2012 when she turned down her father’s dowry offer of 500 million HKD –  later doubled to 1 billion – to any man who could walk her down the aisle. The complication? She’s a lesbian already in a long-term relationship. Since then Gigi co-founded Hong Kong Marriage Equality, an NGO that aims to eliminate discrimination and bring equality to LGBTI in Hong Kong.

How I Found The Meaning of Fortune Through Art – Chi Chi Cheng

Chi Chi Cheng

Growing up in Hong Kong where fortunate meanings are hidden everywhere, Chi Chi often questions the meaning of “fortune”. How can we appreciate our ancestors while also questioning their traditions in order to evolve? Chi Chi will help us discover how art can reconnect us to our authentic selves by reflecting on our roots and heritage and recalling our own moments of fortune.

Chi Chi is a multi-disciplinary artist questioning “discipline”. She has commissioned artwork for SCMP, performed for Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and the Arts and is working on Hacking Capitalism – Socially Engaged Art Through Alternative Art Economies and Entrepreneurship with artist Kingsley Ng. Formerly a hotelier working across four continents, her art reflects a culmination of years of internal negotiations on identity, cultural ambiguity and human connections. 

Embracing Unconditional Love – Valentina Tudose

Valentina Tudose

Some say the most beautiful human emotion is unconditional love, yet most love stories come with conditions. ‘I’ll love you if you love me back, if you only choose me and me alone’. We all seek that deep connection that makes us feel special and unique, safe and totally accepted. But beyond this premise of exclusivity, is it possible in real life that we can choose to love unconditionally? In this talk, Valentina will challenge you to rethink how you approach relationships and love without expectations.

Valentina’s fascination with the mystery of love led her to become a relationship coach to help people redefine their romantic expectations and experience a different level of intimacy.  With unconditional love and freedom as the foundation, her coaching evolved from working with people searching for a soul mate, to people who’d already found a partner.

Old & Bold- An Alternative Journey Through Life – Brenda Scofield

Brenda Scofield

Society expects women to conform to labels throughout their lives. But what does it mean to embrace yourself, regardless of labels and no matter your age? In this talk, Brenda will share insights from her personal reconciliation with ageing, and encourage the audience to be bold at any age.

Since arriving in Hong Kong in 1977, Brenda has had many professional experiences. She is a former Head of Drama, the one time owner of Hong Kong’s most famous sex shop Fetish Fashion, minority sexuality activist, a certified counsellor and a promoter of opera and chamber music through a family foundation. She edits and contributes to magazines and is a board member of a suicide prevention NGO.

The poet in all of us – reimagining the classic fairy tale – Jesamine Dyus  (special performance)

Jesamine Dyus

Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White: imprisoned princesses rescued by their Prince Charming. In this spoken word performance, Jesamine uses her own unique voices to break free from the crystal coffin, slay fiery dragons, and smash the glass slipper. She re-imagines femininity as exuberant and unrestrained, so we can all write our own happily ever after – without apologies. 

As a performing artist, Jesamine brings her experiences as a spoken word poet, dance teacher, and hip hop enthusiast to stage. Self-proclaimed “single since the dawn of time,” she happily swims forth through “the currents of scorn and unsolicited advice monologues” that others offer on her relationship status. When not poeticizing with Peel Street Poetry and Spill Stories, she works in hospitality and was previously an English teacher and dance coach. 

Tickets for Dec 6, 2019 TEDxTinHauWomen event: http://pelago.me/TEDxTinHauWomen    

To see 2018 talks, click here

Edited by: Lisa on behalf of TEDxTinHauWomen

Where does the name “Tin Hau” come from?

People often wonder why the name TEDxTinHauWomen? Learn about the history of Tin Hau (the “Empress of Heaven”) and what it means to our committee.

People often wonder why the name TEDxTinHauWomen? Where does it come from?

Selecting the name TEDxTinHauWomen pays homage to the Chinese Goddess of the Sea, Tin Hau. According to legend, a young, kindhearted, and brave Chinese woman named Lin Mo Niang possessed special gifts, including the abilities to forecast weather and heal people. She lived with her family of fisherman in Fujian during the Song Dynasty. When she was a teenager, her brothers and father were at sea during a particularly treacherous typhoon that she knew they would not survive. In some folklore, Lin Mo Niang prayed and fell into a trance during the typhoon to save them, while in other folklore they say she swam out to sea during the typhoon to find her family members. In either case, those who survived the storm returned to the village to share their miraculous tale. 

After Lin Mo Niang’s death, people believed she rose to heaven as a goddess because of her many courageous and benevolent acts during her life. Sailors and seafarers reported seeing her spirit guide them from shipwreck to safety on several occasions, and eventually, seaside villages in Southern China and Southeast Asia began recognizing her as a deity, who protects sailors and fisherman from the perils of the sea, bestowing on her the name Tin Hau, or “Empress of Heaven”.

Because Hong Kong was historically a fishing village, Tin Hau is highly revered. More than 100 Tin Hau temples line its historical coastline. For her worshippers, Tin Hau uniquely embodies compassion and bravery simultaneously. So, what’s in a name? As an organization of 60+ women, TEDxTinHauWomen aims to live up to what Tin Hau means to people in Hong Kong and by doing so, inspire others to act with compassion and bravery for what they care about and believe in most. Like Tin Hau, TEDxTinHauWomen will become a symbol of what women can do. 

Tickets for Dec 6, 2019 TEDxTinHauWomen event: http://pelago.me/TEDxTinHauWomen    

To see 2018 talks, click here

Written by: Floria on behalf of TEDxTinHauWomen

Who is Bold & Brilliant in your life?

Here are some examples of bold & brilliant women that TEDxTinHau committee members admire and why. They people who inspire us may not be celebrities, but deserve as much respect for all the work they’ve done in the world.

Look around you and you will see female role models in plentiful supply. In 2019, women are more bold and brilliant than they’ve ever been. Women have the power and ability to transform an entire generation. However, you don’t have to have won a nobel peace prize to be bold and brilliant in our eyes. We asked our committee who they thought were bold and brilliant people.

Unsurprisingly, what we heard back were triumphant stories about women in our everyday lives. They weren’t rich celebrities – they were women who had guided another woman, who had offered a shoulder to cry on, or who became the positive link in the family chain; they broke the status quo, they were vulnerable and they were bold.

Mothers came out on top. More than 70% of responses cited their mother to be the most bold & brilliant person in their life. Despite the proliferation of technology that has facilitated opportunities for influence by those beyond immediate family and friendship structures, younger generations report being even more influenced by their mothers than older generations. Mothers are not only nurturers and supporters but for the majority of our committee, they are also the biggest life-shapers. So here’s a big shout out to all the mums out there!

We also had some of our team members highlight not people, but charities that they felt were bold & brilliant – those based in Hong Kong that give back to those who need it most; along with friends that were the epitome of kind; sex educators who gave us confidence to be ourselves (and enjoy it!); along with Brené Brown, research and author, who finds power in the vulnerable.

One story stood out most was that of a courageous friend:

A woman who got married to satisfy her family and culture, but unfortunately the man she committed herself to ended up abusing her for 7 years. She was forced by her ex-husband to gain excessive weight, and dress poorly so no other men would be interested in her. For years, she kept silent, because he threatened to ruin her life should she speak. But one day, she was bold and made that call to the police. She now dedicates her time to help those who also face domestic abuse.

Women are incredible, they persevere, they’re bold and quite simply, brilliant. Hear more incredible stories from other bold and brilliant women on December 6.

Tickets for the Dec 6, 2019 TEDxTinHauWomen event: http://pelago.me/TEDxTinHauWomen  

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Written by: Kara Barclay on behalf of TEDxTinHauWomen

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TEDxTinHauWomen: From a male’s viewpoint

We speak to Jack, one of TEDxTinHauWomen’s male volunteers, to hear about his experience and views on equality. Read on to learn more.

Meet Jack. Jack is from the UK and works as a consultant in Hong Kong. I met up with him to discuss his involvement with TEDxTinHauWomen and what it meant to him: He’s volunteered at both the 2017 and 2018 TEDxTinHauWomen events as a goodie bag stuffer, security and general support throughout the event. Jack emphasised that despite our events being female-led and orientated, he’s always felt welcome and included. Whilst he notes the value of the network and community, he finds there’s nothing he enjoys more than the actual talks.

He referenced two speakers who were particularly memorable for him, and of which he still references today:

  • From 2017, Fiona Callanan-Thorsby and her Living Life to the Fullest talk. Jack shared that her 2004 tsunami survival story left a lasting impression. And what she’s achieved through fundraising and as an advocate for disability services in Asia is particularly impressive.
  • From 2018, Dr. Zoe Fortune and her Showing Up for your Mental Health talk. A focus on mental disorders and depression highlighted the importance of wellness for Jack and something he thinks we should all be aware of.

Jack continues to speak about the value of women and equality in the workplace, “I work for a large organisation and when I look at them globally, they’re certainly hitting their equality goals in places, but there’s always progress to be made. Businesses should promote equality and diversity for the different perspectives that result from it. I think equality not only elevates women but can enable positive changes for men as well. One day, when I have kids, I would like to have the option to take more time off to spend with them, and if we were to shift mindsets, erase stereotypes and encourage cultural changes in gender roles this would be achievable.”

“Most of my office is female, and most of my managers have been too. It’s not really out of the ordinary for me, and I think this has a lot to do with my mum. She’s always been the one who brings home the bacon. It has never been unusual for me to see women in leadership roles. We moved around to follow her career, but it worked because it was always a discussion and a partnership between my parents.”

Jack’s openness and ease on the topic of equality are a testament to his upbringing and his mother. He affectionately and undoubtedly shares that his mother was and is a strong role model in his life – “I’ve always noted the level of respect and admiration she receives at every company she has been a part of, and at its core it really stems from the fact that she is remarkably good at what she does.”

He also notes that Lady Hale has had a significant influence on him – and someone who he thinks is a great role model. So, who is she? Dubbed the “Beyoncé” of the legal profession. Lady Hale is the UK’s first female head of the supreme court, having taken up the role in October 2017. She has long been breaking down barriers in the judiciary, which has struggled to cast off the perception it is an old boys’ club, overwhelmingly white, male and public-school educated. She has been outspoken throughout her career about sexism in the judiciary and lack of diversity more broadly.

Jack first learnt of Hale during his time at University when he studied Law. His family law curriculum had a strong focus on her cases, “She simply has fantastic judgements that anyone can understand, and she has taken her training as a family law judge and applied it within the Supreme Court, which has allowed her to bring a necessary sense of empathy to her role.”

So, how do we get more women like Hale in leadership positions? “It’s all about mindset. To gain equality anywhere, it’s about shifting mindset and thinking logically. It’s not just about equality, it’s about being open and more fluid about our definition of gender roles. There is a clear benefit to greater diversity and equality in everything we do, whether it be gender, race, social class, etc.”

“There is always more work to be done. Hong Kong has made progress, but that doesn’t mean we need to stop. Standard maternity and paternity leave are not where they should be. There is some negativity around inclusion, diversity, but the more clarity and information we have on benefits and rights, the better. It’s a discussion to keep having.” We couldn’t agree more, Jack!

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Interviews and gathered by: Kara Barclay on behalf of TEDxTinHauWomen

The thoughts represent Jack and are reflective of his opinions while being interviewed as part of our organization’s support team

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