Zonta Club of Hong Kong II hosted a screening of the documentary “She Objects” in Hong Kong in support of the 16 Days of Activism. The film was commissioned by the Women’s Foundation in partnership with Women Helping Women and is the first documentary in Hong Kong to explore how traditional and new forms of media create and exacerbate gender stereotypes in the society. It challenges viewers to think critically about and resist the biased and often dehumanizing portrayal of women in media. Directed by young talent Nicola Fan, the documentary explores the impact of such phenomenon in Hong Kong, in particular the impact to female ambition. The movie has been recently featured in the Hong Kong Sundance Film Festival as well.
The event was well attended by about 180 people from different organizations and backgrounds including corporate representatives, social workers, teachers, school principals, Zontians, and Z and Golden Z members. Each attendee was given a “Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women” sports band and was encouraged to wear it during the month to raise awareness of the topic. The club also invited specialist speakers at the end of screening to moderate a session of view sharing with the audience. This was a great opportunity to interact with the makers of the documentary, while also reflect on how we, as consumers and content creators in the digital world, can make a difference in removing gender biases in the society.