SDG10 Reduced Inequalities
HKU is committed to reducing inequality through cultivating future leaders with a sense of global citizenship and providing the support and resources to make education accessible to those with special needs. The Department of Social Work and Social Administration is offering a new minor programme in Social Development, with a focus on Asian perspectives on development strategies and responses to poverty and inequality. It aims to nurture future leaders by providing them the skill set required to alleviate inequalities through policies, corporate participation and advocacy. HKU offers a number of education funds and services for students with special educational needs (SEN) such as learning aid, coaching, special exam arrangements and buddy support. In addition, the HKU 81 Inclusion Fund was established to promote equal opportunity and social inclusion for people with a disability, inclusive of those affected by physical disability, intellectual disability, HIV/AIDS, mental illness, hearing or visual impairment, and chronic illness. It supports projects organised by HKU students that raise the level of equality within and outside of the university. Furthermore, HKU strives to make the campus a comfortable and easily accessible place for all with services such as wheelchair accessible routes, disability and gender-neutral bathrooms, tactile campus maps, car parks and wheelchair charging bay for the disabled, and desks for left-handed users. Making an impact beyond its campus, the university launched the Disability Rights Resource Network (DRRN) in 2015 to facilitate and advance the sharing of knowledge and practices of disability rights in Asia. It provides information on policies, advocacy efforts, legal framework and other resources in the national, regional and international context.
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Percentage of 1st generation students to all students starting a first degree
Percentage of international first degree students from developing nations to all international students starting a first degree
Percentage of students with disabilities
Percentage of employees with disabilities
In her recent research “Plugging the Justice Gap for Minorities Under the Law: Applied Intersectionality Research and Substantive Equality” HKU’s Associate Professor Puja Kapai Paryani studied and outlined the situation of minorities living in Hong Kong, and the gaps in government policies and frameworks that need to be addressed to improve social inclusion. In this multi-sectional research on equal rights protection, Ms Kapai highlights the systematic inequalities and lack of equal access to justice faced by groups including ethnic minorities, sexual minorities, migrant workers, children and victims of human trafficking and gender-based violence. Not only were these groups unaware of their rights, but they also face obstacles such as discrimination and the fear of retribution which hold them back from seeking legal protection or social services. Even when services are in place to assist these victims, frontline responders are often not proficient in cultural competency or legal knowledge with relations to minorities to deal with cases effectively.
With these findings and a comprehensive list of recommendations, Ms Kapai sought collaboration with the government, the private sector and non-profit groups to advance the cause of minority rights in Hong Kong. The impact of this research has garnered support across society. As a result, stakeholders have made commitments to address these issues and strengthen support for minorities by raising public awareness, reassessing existing laws and policies, and building capacity and service delivery towards the minority community.