Government urged to establish women’s development policies and enhance childcare services

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13th May 2024 – (Hong Kong) In light of Mother’s Day today, a political party has proposed that the authorities should formulate comprehensive women’s development policies that are coherent and relevant to women’s needs. The party also suggests that the government should promote nationwide breast cancer screening, expand the free HPV vaccination program, provide free osteoporosis testing for women, strengthen childcare services, enhance women’s employment training, and focus on women’s mental health.

Member of the Legislative Council, Elizabeth Quat, emphasised the importance of regular breast examinations as cervical and breast cancers remain the leading causes of death among women. She called for the government to offer free screenings and increase awareness of existing policies. Quat further stressed the need for the government to establish a clear direction for women’s development and ensure policies address the holistic needs of women.

Another Legislative Councillor, Frankie Ngan Man-yu, highlighted the prevalence of dual-income families in Hong Kong and called for additional measures to support childcare. Ngan suggested the establishment of childcare centres within younger communities and government buildings. Meanwhile, Eastern District Council member, Elaine Chik, proposed a public-private partnership to provide fertility services, offering delayed marriage women the opportunity to conceive.