Wednesday 22 July 2015


Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon addresses issues around women in leadership in Hong Kong

Having recently topped the BBC Woman's Hour power list in the UK[1], The Rt. Hon. Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland, will be joining the British Council’s ‘Women In Leadership: Progress and Challenges’ panel discussion as a key speaker on Friday 31 July 2015, alongside other panellists from the academic, political and business sectors.

The event also demonstrates British Council’s effort in internationalising higher education and promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion.

Boosting the economy while also addressing inequality is the key priority of the First Minister, and she is keen to have a valuable exchange of ideas in Hong Kong on these areas.

As part of the work to tackle inequality and boost competitiveness, the Scottish Government are taking forward initiatives to tackle barriers to women participating in the labour market.

These include expanding childcare provision to allow more parents to enter employment, reducing gender imbalance in skills and training, tackling gender stereotyping to ensure young women consider all the opportunities in their local labour market.

At the event, Nicola Sturgeon will share her vision and mission on women in leadership and exchange ideas with the panellists from Hong Kong on progress and challenges in gender equality the world is facing.

Details of ‘Women In Leadership: Progress and Challenges’ panel discussion:
Date: Friday 31 July 2015
Time: 12.00 – 13.00
Venue: 3/F, British Council, Supreme Court Road, Admiralty

  • Ÿ   Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland
  • Ÿ   Professor Peter Mathieson, Vice-Chancellor, University of Hong Kong
  • Ÿ   Audrey Eu Yuet-Mee, Party Chairperson, Civic Party
  • Ÿ   Teresa Ko Yuk-Yin, China Chairman, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

With a vision to promote equality, diversity, and inclusion, the British Council has been doing and supporting works that promote women in leadership, especially in higher education. In February 2014, the British Council organised a Global Education Dialogue on ‘Inclusive Leadership’ and brought together leaders and decision-makers from higher education to discuss themes related to the topic, with women leadership as one of the highlights. The British Council has also supported Professor Fanny Cheung, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, to speak at past Going Global events on Women in Higher Education Leadership, a signature annual event held by the British Council in different parts of the world. In Hong Kong, the British Council is also an active supporter of The Women's Foundation. To learn more about British Council’s work in education, please visit

 [1] Nicola Sturgeon enters BBC Woman's Hour power list at No 1, 1 July 2015,

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.

We work in more than 100 countries and our 8,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the arts and delivering education and society programmes. In Hong Kong, we have been doing this since 1948, giving people opportunities to learn, share and connect worldwide.

We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publicly-funded grant provides 20 per cent of our turnover which last year was £864 million. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, such as English classes and taking UK examinations, and also through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally. 

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