Direct Democracy and Gender Equality: Can Direct Democracy solve injustice in today’s society?

Thursday, 24.01.2019 – Thursday, 24.01.2019

Lecture; Exhibition ; Movie

Poster © Swiss Films

Panel Discussion and Film screening

6.30 – 9.45 pm

The distinguished panelists will explain the Swiss political system, its mechanism of direct democracy, and talk about the progress (or lack of) on gender equality. Furthermore, they will explore the link between direct democracy and gender equality and discuss if the model of direct democracy can accelerate social justice.

Mr. Reto Renggli, Consul General of Switzerland to Hong Kong
Prof. Fanny M.C. Cheung, Pro-Vice-Chancellor/Vice-President, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Prof. Jean-Pierre Cabestan, Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University

Kris Cheng, Editorial Director, Hong Kong Free Press

After the panel discussion, there will be a screening of the award-winning Swiss feature film THE DIVINE ORDER (Die Göttliche Ordnung) by Petra Volpe

Dir: Petra Volpe
Switzerland, January 2017, 96 min.
With English subtitles

1971: Nora is a young housewife and mother, living in a quaint little village with her husband and their two sons. The Swiss countryside is untouched by the major social upheavals the movement of 1968 has brought about. Nora’s life is not affected either; she is a quiet person who is liked by everybody – until she starts to publicly fight for women’s suffrage, which the men are due to vote on in a ballot on February 7, 1971.


Kindly register for the event with the registration link.

Location: Goethe-Gallery & Black Box Studio, 14/F Hong Kong Arts Centre, No.2 Harbour Road