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Creating a period-friendly workplace to break the stigma around menstruation


Many women suffer from menstruation every month. Some of them are even too painful to focus on work. Some countries and regions have established menstrual leave with the aim of taking care of female employees’ physiological needs. Is menstrual leave the only way to create a period-friendly workplace?

High heel revolution: Decoding the dress codes in workplace


Many companies have their dress codes, but how many of the requirements are really justified? A new hashtag ‘#KuToo’ was created in Japan last year asking for a ban on employer-mandated high heels. How should governments respond to such kind of actions?

Challenges facing religion in an aging society


In the wake of the rapidly changing demographic situation worldwide, many religions are facing a religious generation gap. Some religious groups have incorporated scientific and technological elements into their traditional religious culture so as to preach to the younger generation, but the move has aroused controversy.

2019 Youth movement I: Influences of materialist and post-materialist values


In Hong Kong, thousands of protesters have turned up at mass demonstrations this summer to urge the Government to meet their demands. Some young activists ramp up the violence and clashed with the police. Why young people are frustrated with the current situation? How much do the older generations understand them? By looking into previous studies and figures, this analysis explores how materialist and post-materialist values shape our new generation.

Hong Kong needs emergency evacuation strategy for the disabled


Able-bodied people can hardly keep calm in the event of emergency, let alone the disabled with visual, hearing and mobility impairment. Disabled people often face a lot of unique difficulties during evacuation. However, fire preparedness tools like a visual fire alarm, customised fire safety education and evacuation plan would help save their lives.

Three strategies to tackle bullying among the elderly


Bullying among students has always been a matter of public concern, however, bullying may happen among seniors too. In Hong Kong, there have been a number of incidents that elderly home residents attacked their fellow residents in recent years. Why do elders who are supposed to be mature at their age bully their peers? Is there any way to prevent and handle bullying among the elderly?

The midlife crisis among ‘hikikomori’


‘Hikikomori’ is often associated with lazy and introverted young people who stay at home and play video games all day. However, many ‘hikikomori’ in Japan are middle-aged who have not only withdrawn socially but also relied on their ageing parents financially. What are the challenges facing the society when middle-aged ‘hikikomori’ becomes more common? Does Hong Kong encounter similar problems?

How should employees fight against work-related stress amid rise of ‘burnout’?


The World Health Organization has classified ‘burnout’ as an ‘occupational phenomenon’ recently. The updated definition has sparked heated debate over legislation recognising ‘burnout’, which is triggered by work-related stress, and ‘death from overexertion’ as an ‘occupational disease’ in Hong Kong. However, it is difficult to prove that work-related stress is the only contributing factor of ‘burnout’ and ‘death from overexertion’. How should the Government strike a balance between employment protection and a conductive business environment?

Is it all smooth sailing for Hong Kong in promoting ship finance?


The Government has asked the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board to study the use of tax and other measures to entice ship finance companies. To understand the Government’s move and the opportunities and risks for Hong Kong to go big in ship finance, we need to look at the sector’s global landscape.

Glocalised Belt and Road awareness: Eliminate barriers for the health of ethnic minority elderly


In Hong Kong, ethnic minority elders often encounter communication difficulties and cultural differences when they access to healthcare services. It is necessary to ensure that the city’s healthcare system is well-prepared to meet their needs. In addition, considering the situations of ethnic minority groups while formulating policies is conducive to nurturing local awareness of the Belt and Road Initiative, which in turn have far-reaching benefits for Hong Kong to seize the related opportunities.