As a pioneer of women organisation in Hong Kong, YWCA endeavours to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. Through services and public education, we wish to construct a society with mutual respect between genders. We are glad that Ms. Yvonne Yeung, the Association’s Chief Executive is invited to write column and share her points of view with Marie Claire’s readers. Two articles have been published, talking about the pressure women face during the outbreak of COVID-19, and the role of working women in the family.
Male and female roles during pandemic
World YWCA found that females have higher opportunity to lose their jobs than males during shutdown. Together with the stereotype of women being the one responsible for household chores and caregiving, women are under extra stress than men. HeForShe, the solidarity movement initiated by the United Nations, may provide insights on how to tackle the above challenges during the pandemic. Ms. Yeung encourages men to voice for women’s welfares, and pointed out that gender equality is possible if the public learns more about and is willing to break entrenched gender stereotypes.
Roles of working women and ways to get along with the family
Nowadays, society requires working women to be outstanding at work and caring in the family. Ms. Yeung shares tips on how she balances the different roles in her life. She considers being understanding and appreciative the key to successful marriage, and hence always shows gratitude to her husband whenever he offers to help with the housework.