HKWPEA has extensive community networks and strong experience in organising community projects. Organising innovative projects to address specific society needs is very much HKWPEA’s core value in creating impact. Since 2001, HKWPEA was granted Special Consultative Status at United Nation’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and this status was renewed in May 2017 for another 4 years.
Programs and Activities
Over the years, HKWPEA has launched a number of meaningful programs and organized an impressive array of activities. Among the more notable programs are:
Outstanding Women Professionals and Entrepreneurs Award
A tri-annual event that honors and celebrates the achievements of women in Hong Kong. The award recognizes women who have made significant contributions to their professions, Hong Kong’s business environment, and society. Six outstanding female high achievers were recognized respectively in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008, and 2014; while five were recognized in 2017.
Leadership Training Programme for Underprivileged Youngsters
Launched in 2014, the programme offers training on leadership skill, soft skills and also a series of company visits for underprivileged youngsters. These learning opportunities will help them develop ideas that foster economic choice and individual responsibility, believed to be critical levers of change to their future lives.
FoodEver WasteNever Programme
Our 20th Anniversary signature project – FoodEver WasteNever, running for 18 months since 2016, concluded with a proud saving of about 12% in food waste through the adoption of the food life cycle management protocol. The Programme comprised three parts: (1) the FoodEver WasteNever Awards, targeting over 300 organizations in seven sectors; (2) Education Campaign; (3) Publicity and Community engagement, providing assistance to 60 families on food waste reduction.
“N-No” Family Development Project
Targeted at underprivileged families residing in HK who are not eligible to apply for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance and/or public housing, the N-No project had two key areas of focus: financial support and mentoring. Social workers from HK Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council, mentors and mentees worked together on individually tailored development plans aiming at developing job skills, improving competence and eventually achieving self-reliance. Two phases were respectively conducted through 2013-15 and 2015-17 in view of the Project’s success and impact.
Business Start-up Assistance Scheme for Women (婦女創業支援計劃)
A social service project to help less fortunate and unemployed women create self-employment by starting their own businesses. Launched in 2002, the Scheme is in its 2nd Phase where the emphasis is on starting cooperative businesses (婦女合作創業計劃).
Experience Sharing Seminar Series: “Practical Aspects of Doing Business in China” (中國商管實戰經驗分享研討會系列)
An annual series, launched in 2003, covers a wide range of topics presented by business leaders who have accumulated a wealth of hands-on experience in China. A total of over 900 participants have attended these seminars.
Successful Women Stories – Experience Sharing (婦女成功的天空)
Since 2005, the Association every year has been organizing a series of public forums by inviting prominent women in town to share their success stories and their experience with the public.
Other activities organized by the Association include:
- Fellowship functions for members and their families and friends are organized on a regular basis to provide opportunities for fellowship building and networking.
- Trips to the Chinese Mainland to meet important government and trade promotion officials and to visit places of interest. Cities visited include Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangmen, Qingdao, and Holhot (Inner Mongolia).
- Public seminars are organized on a wide range of topics as part of HKWPEA’s service to its members and to the community. The purpose is to provide access to diversified business intelligence, enhance professionalism, and help create business opportunities. These seminars are well supported by our target audience. Recent seminars have covered topics such as investment opportunities for SMEs in Mainland China, equal opportunities for women, and business opportunities for SMEs in the environmental protection industry.
- Participation in international women forums overseas. The Association supports the Women Leaders Network of APEC and the Confederation of Women Business Council of the region with members participating actively in the meetings and events.
- Responses to HKSAR Government on public policy issues through submission of position papers.