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Oct 11
2019
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Doing Equality Consciously: Understanding Unconscious Bias and Its Role and Implications in the Achievement of Equality in Hong Kong and Asia

Doing Equality Consciously: Understanding Unconscious Bias and Its Role and Implications in the Achievement of Equality in Hong Kong and Asia
 
– Research Launch –
 
11 October, 2019 (Friday), 16:00-17:30
Room 7.23, Cheng Yu Tung Tower,
Centennial Campus, HKU
 

‘Doing Equality Consciously: Understanding Unconscious Bias and Its Role and Implications in the Achievement of Equality in Hong Kong and Asia’ is the first research study of its kind examining the nature and prevalence of unconscious bias in Asia. In this seminar, author of the study, Puja Kapai, will launch her research findings and make a number of key recommendations for different sectors. Although the prevalence and impact of unconscious bias has been widely documented in studies across different disciplines and fields, including the education, corporate, healthcare, and legal sectors, the research has predominantly been situated in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. This research aims to plug this gap by providing insights on unconscious bias in Asia. Furthermore, in the wake of suggestions that training and interventions do not address unconscious bias, this study tests this proposition with the research sample and demonstrates the potential of interventions in diverse settings towards addressing such biases.
 
This study is part of a larger project on unconscious bias and is the first phase of a long-term endeavour to develop a better understanding of unconscious bias in Hong Kong and Asia as well as develop contextualised approaches to effectively tackle such biases. This initial phase of the project was funded by the Hong Kong Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) and housed at HKU’s Women’s Studies Research Centre (WSRC) and the Faculty of Law’s Centre for Comparative and Public Law (CCPL).
 
Author: Puja Kapai, Convenor, Women’s Studies Research Centre
 
Puja Kapai is an Associate Professor of Law at HKU where she serves as the Convenor of WSRC and is also a Fellow and former Director of CCPL. She is also a founding member of the Everywoman Everywhere Coalition, which grew out of the Initiative on Violence against Women at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Puja has led several research grants and has published widely on issues including the rights of ethnic minorities, gender-based violence, children’s rights, freedom of religion, hate speech and building just and inclusive societies. She was awarded the International Women of Courage Hong Kong Award in 2015, the Faculty of Law’s Outstanding Teaching Award in 2016 and its Knowledge Exchange Award in 2017 in recognition of her contribution to teaching and the impact of her research and advocacy work in the community. She has presented her research findings before various government bodies and has regularly appeared before Hong Kong’s Legislative Council and United Nations treaty bodies to present on issues impacting ethnic minorities, women and children and other human rights issues. She teaches Multiculturalism and the Law and Law and Social Justice at the Intersections of Gender, Race, Religion and Sexuality.
 
Register HERE.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at womensrc@hku.hk.
 
See you there!
 
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