Friday, August 21
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Hong Kong takes pride in being a vibrant, cosmopolitan city where East meets West. With Chinese roots and a British colonial heritage, Hong Kong has preserved its cultural traditions while keeping abreast of the latest international trends. One issue that still demands attention is equality between women and men. Despite advances in overcoming discrimination, significant work still needs to be done to achieve gender justice.
The Hong Kong Christian Council (HKCC) is tackling this issue through its Gender Justice Program. One of its pioneer projects is a formal council policy against sexual harassment, which includes mandatory training for all staff and the creation of a panel to address victim complaints. It was designed to serve as a model for denominations and Christian organizations to establish their own policies against sexual harassment. Besides this project, the program also conducts educational forums. These are opportunities to explore topics such as family roles, population policy, and political development from a gender perspective.
As a Christian body that believes every individual is made in the image of God, the HKCC is committed to upholding human dignity and value. Its commitment to gender justice is an essential component of the compassionate and prophetic ministry of Jesus Christ.
—Judy Chan, mission coworker, China (Hong Kong)
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) People in Mission
Hong Kong Christian Council: Rev. Judy Chan, communications specialist
Hong Kong Christian Council • Hong Kong Council of the Church of Christ in China • Christian Family Service Center
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Ada Middleton, PMA
Terri L. Milburn, PMA
Let us pray
O God, you sent your Son to show us how to live in love as the community of faith. Empower us by the Holy Spirit to take action to ensure that women’s voices are heard and their lives cherished, in both the church and society. Amen.