CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 23 September 2017

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Migrant workers move for self-empowerment

HONG KONG (SE): The Domestic Workers Empowerment Project held at the campus of the University of Hong Kong entered its third phase in March this year with a greater diversification of subjects included in the syllabus.

An orientation class, together with an empowerment session were held at Meng Wah Complex at the university on March 19.

Michael Manio, from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong, who leads the project, explained that the third phase of the project will cover a greater diversity of than previously.

New ones on the course include health and wellness, nature appreciation and environmental sustainability, law and gender equality, physical fitness and meditation, performing arts and entertainment.

There will also be a segment on financial education.

Ten graduates from the second phase of the programme have been selected as mentors to guide the new participants as they embark on a new journey.

Around 324 new enrollments are taking part in the revamped programme.

To mark International Women’s Day, which fell in the same month on March 8, Chen Ju-chen, a lecturer from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, discussed the role of women in the society, as well as their aspirations and goals.

Her talk was organised as a joint effort with personnel from the Philippine Consulate General to Hong Kong.

A campus tour of the university and a soap recycling session was scheduled for April 2.

The project aims at empowering foreign domestic workers with more knowledge. It was inaugurated in December 2014.
Its first phase included six health issues that are commonly faced by foreign domestic workers.

The second phase, which swung into action in early 2016, covered a variety of topics related to legal matters, an understanding of nature, food and hygiene, as well as general health.

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