Workplace descrimination is an unfortunate reality that some people encounter on a regular basis. It happens for various reasons ranging from differences in religion to physical disabilities, or even a person’s gender and family status.
Case in point, a recent study conducted by Equal Opportunities Commission has discovered that less than half of employers in Hong Kong want to hire women with children, regardless of their skills and experience.
It’s a disturbing trend that mothers in Hong Kong have to face.
According to South China Morning Post, 436 employers and 1,030 employees participated in the study which was conducted via “phone polls, focus groups, in-depth interviews and a survey of selected employers.”
When asked about their ideal job applicants, only 47.2% of 102 employers said they’d hire mothers with young children.
Chinese University associate professor and researcher Dai Haijing said about this:
“It means [this decision] is not related to the competence, commitment or potential of these women.”
“Mothers are the main victims of family status discrimination,” added Dai.
Meanwhile, Ferrick Chu Chung-man, director of policy, research and training for EOC, pointed out that around 40% of gender discrimination complaints they received are pregnancy-related.
“Family status discrimination is often interwoven with sex discrimination. If a woman chooses to become a mother, then it automatically means she chooses to suffer from the so-called motherhood penalty.”
Improvements definitely have to be made.
Dai said this dilemma could be solved if improvements are made for day care centers and after-school care programs. Besides, these services are more important for working moms than paid family leave and maternity leave.
“Most working mothers themselves don’t think paid family leave can really solve their problems, as it reinforces the stereotypes that mothers can’t focus on career development.”
But first, awareness about the problem has to be increased.
Besides, many in Hong Kong remain unaware about this type of descrimination.
“This is because this problem is less understood and less prevalent here, compared with discrimination related to race and gender.”
So when some mothers encounter the problem, they “find it unnecessary to report, or do not know how to appeal.”
“Some even think [discrimination] is understandable, that it is not a problem.”
He also added:
“The mindset that it is not a problem is precisely the problem.”
Migingo, An Overpopulated Tiny Rock Island In Lake Victoria, Africa
Small but overpopulated – and heavily disputed!
Migingo, a tiny island in Lake Victoria is only half the size of a football field. Despite that, it has a community of 131 people who are fish traders and fishermen. They live in small, crammed huts which are made of wood and corrugated sheets.
What's even surprising is the presence of several hotels, five bars, some brothels, a pharmacy, and a beauty salon. Plus there's the flurry of daily activities in this fishing community.
The first inhabitants arrived in 1991.
15 Small Towns With Big Millionaires
Not all rich people love the big city!
When you think of millionaires' neighborhoods, you might picture Manhattan's Park Avenue, San Francisco's Pacific Heights, or Los Angeles' Rodeo Drive. But it turns out some millionaires are not a fan of living in big cities with bright lights and would prefer to avoid the hustle and bustle of major metropolises.
Even though many in the public eye live in big cities, many, too, prefer small-town life. Here are 15 low-key towns with the most millionaires.
15. Truckee-Grass Valley, California
10 Delectable Pasta And Noodle Dishes From Around The World
We bet one of these is your personal favorite!
Can anyone really resist pasta? The food is so universal that there are hundreds of different types of noodle dishes around the world. Although the origin of noodles can be traced back to China, every country around the globe has their own special noodle dish.
Pasta is elevated to a whole new level in Italy, where there are three different pasta categories. Pastasciutta are plated dishes served with a separate sauce, pasta al forno are baked dishes, and pasta in brodo are basically soup dishes. Which one is your favorite? Take a look at 10 yummy noodle dishes from different parts of the world.
1. Ramen (Japan)