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HR & EDUCATION | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong

We will empower women workers: Labour chief

This as more women have joined Hong Kong’s labour market since May compared to 2010.

A report by the Information Services Department quoted Secretary for Labour & Welfare Matthew Cheung as saying, “In promoting the interests and well-being of women in the economy, we have adopted a three-pronged approach – what we call the three ‘E’s’ strategy. In a nutshell, this includes, educating, enabling and empowering women to play a full role in the economy.”

Mr Cheung was in San Francisco addressing a high level policy dialogue on fostering women’s economic empowerment among the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation economies, according to the report.

“In recent months, there has been a 4.6% increase in the female labour force and a 5.5% increase in total employment for women. The increases were notably higher than those recorded for male workers, suggesting that women have benefited more than men from the new (statutory minimum wage) legislation,” noted the Labour chief.

View the report here.

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