Gender is one of the issue that concerns every culture; gender issues have turned out to be among the most sensitive ones in a changing world, since any transformation in this realm inevitably disrupts the patterns of identity of both genders and touches upon issues of dominance (and hence of power). Yet it is still very commonly find around the world, that women’s right or role in development has been undermined, especially in under-developed marginalized culture communities.
Globalization has created paradoxical consequences for women’s rights in particular. On the one hand, there has been a powerful drive to recognize women as significant actors in development. On the other, notions of cultural specificity have come to the force in novel ways. Cultural distinctiveness has become more closely identified with the arena of gender relations and with the appropriate conduct of women, often singled out as the bearers and signifiers of their culture. Both culture and gender have been politicized in new ways, affecting women’s rights as well as our understanding of the place of culture in development. We are today faced with the serious challenge of developing agendas that avoid the dual pitfalls of ethnocentrism and Western bias on the one hand, and unprincipled forms of cultural relativism that deny women their basic human rights in the name of “difference”, on the other.
The world is developing new ways in dealing with said phenomenon. Placing culture as the heart of development has been developed into a new global ethic, especially pinpointing women as the culture inheritant in such process of development. We are showing you how has this been developing in China, the humanitarian and developing arena.
Venus, Chan Sin Ying
Since 2002, Ms Chan has been involved in the poverty alleviation, community development & relief and humanitarian field. Working among different INGOs accumulates expertise in office management, HR management, budget control, fund raising; project design, monitoring and evaluation, project quality control, capacity building, team building, training on DME and establishing of DME system, working guidelines and procedures. Years of experience has especially developed into specialist in project DME. Has been working in multi-culture environment and has communication with colleagues from different countries. The chance of visiting different projects in Asia & South Asian countries develops the capability of knowing the social context & government policies which favorable for any other development work & involvement. Post-graduate study has further consolidated the professionalism on culture & development, especially focus on ethnic women in development.
She is currently a regular guest lecturer of Hong Kong Baptist University.
Organised by: Pearl Institute (Formerly knowns as Anatolia Cultural & Dialogue Centre)
Time: 19 December 2015 – 7.00 – 9.00 pm (Saturday)
Venue: 909 CCWU Building, 302-308 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai