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Where to celebrate International Women’s Day in Hong Kong 2023

By Malin Angell 8 March 2023

Header image courtesy of Eaton HK

Every year on 8 March, girls and women all over the world get together and celebrate. 

On this day, women are honoured and praised for their achievements despite the obstacles they have encountered along the way. It all started when female factory workers demonstrated for shorter working hours, higher pay, and equal rights to vote all the way back in 1908 in the US. 

It has, in later years, continued to be a day symbolising the leaps and strides women all over the world make to achieve equality. Read on for the best events that celebrate women in Hong Kong on this special day, so you can celebrate yourself, your BFF, your mother, your sister, and all women out there!

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Inspiring talks

Join Women of Hong Kong for a night in the sky to celebrate International Women’s Day on 9 March. Women of Hong Kong is a fast-growing community striving to create a safe and supportive space for women to thrive. “#EmbraceEquity” will discuss topics such as community empowerment and equality in the workspace through various inspiring panels.

Speakers at the panels include a CEO, a pilot, and a corporate partner that have worked their way to where they are today. A group consisting of a doctor, an award winner, and a clinical counsellor will lead the conversation on the night. Enjoy networking with other amazing women in a comfortable and safe environment at Sky100.

When: 9 March

Where: Sky100 Observation Deck, 100/F, International Commerce Centre (ICC), 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon

Quiz it out

For the month of March, Eaton HK is hosting a series of cultural, musical, and inspirational events celebrating women. On International Women’s Day, the hotel has teamed up with the women-led menstrual brand Luüna Natural for a “Bloody Good Quiz” at its famous Music Room. The quiz will test your knowledge about the female body, the great achievements of women, discrimination, and everything else women related.

If the quiz is not enough for you, then head back to Eaton on 9 March for a full night of female power. Learn how to mix up some great cocktails at the cocktail masterclass with Campari ambassador and mixologist Delphine Kong, followed by a tasting of six different cocktails brought to you by Kong, Kaylie Leung, and Asta Chan. End the night with inspirational stories shared by world-famous choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.

The line-up of events continues on 10 March with a screening of short films in collaboration with Nowness Asia partners featuring feminism and confrontation of gender stereotyping. Join the DJ workshop and industry talks held by Feed the Dragon and all-female crew Mean Gurls Club, who will bring you stellar tunes at the afterparty.

When: 8–10 March

Where: Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan

Photo: XYZ

Spin for success

Celebrate International Women’s Day by taking care of yourself mentally and physically with fitness studio XYZ’s mindfulness classes. Located in the heart of Central with a variety of facilities and rooms dedicated to a wide range of classes, you are in for a journey once you enter the premisses. Apart from its usual fitness gigs, XYZ will offer a wide range of classes focusing on mindfulness to help you acknowledge and reconcile with your inner power. These include the “Sweat to the Beat,” a high-intensity, strength and conditioning class in the Mycelium room perfect for these workouts, the “Yoga Inversion” class that helps you improve your balance, the “Deep Yin” class that focuses on increasing mobility and reviling tightness, and the “Detox Flow” class that stimulates your lymphatic systems.

When: 7–12 March

Where: XYZ, 12/F, China Building, 29 Queen’s Road Central, Central

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Photo: The Aftermath

All-femme comedy night

The Aftermath is hosting an all-female comedy night to celebrate International Women’s Day. Get ready to laugh till you get abs! Presented to you by Bitches in Stitches, a collective group of femme and non-binary comedians who want to celebrate individuality, build a community, and create connections between other people, the event consists of some of Hong Kong’s funniest comedians alongside special guest appearances. Book your spaces here.

When: 8 March

Where: The Aftermath, LG/F, Sunny Building, 57–59 Wyndham Street, Central

Photo: The Aftermath

Bust out your best song

If you are one of those who endlessly listens to Beyonce or Britney, this is the event for you. Millennial Quiz Night presents its “Pop Divas” edition, honouring the women who have redefined, reinvented, and reignited the pop genre. Bring your girl gang for an epic night filled with pop-classics. And, of course, there will be prizes! More information here.

When: 16 March

Where: The Aftermath, LG/F, Sunny Building, 57–59 Wyndham Street, Central

Art for good

In celebration of International Women’s Day, The Stroll Gallery is proud to announce its upcoming exhibition “Over The Boundary.” The exhibition features two young female Korean artists, Yeonwoo Kim and Heeina Im, each with their unique style who often consider forgotten parts of daily life. Kim uses cryptic colour tones and traditional painting techniques, blurring the boundaries between background and foreground. She is inspired by her surroundings, whilst Im focuses on how we distinguish ourselves from one another and the coexistence of different boundaries that shift in an ever-changing environment.

When: 10 March–29 April

Where: The Stroll Gallery, Unit 504, 5/F, Vanta Industrial Centre, 21–23 Tai Lin Pai Road, Kwai Chung

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Photo: Stream Gallery

Modern female beauty

Are you tired of what modern society sees as female beauty? This exhibition hosted by Streams Gallery works against this fantasy in powerful ways. “Divine Feminine” presents the works of three European artists who have defined their own beauty by using pop art, bold colours, and bold lines, creating an exhibition full of happiness, wholesomeness, and female power. Van Lanigh uses her artwork to escape from reality, striving to find peace in chaos. Escapism is also found in the fictional world with dreamlike landscapes and creatures of Maddalena Fanfani’s art, whilst Yana Medow celebrates the human body by painting exaggerated body parts in a comical style driven by human ideas, concepts, and thoughts.

When: Now until 17 March

Where: Streams Gallery, G/F, Mee Lun House, 2–4 Mee Lun Street, Central

Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour

Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour is celebrating all great achievements by the “sheroes” out there this month with a line-up of different events and special happenings for International Women’s Day. For the whole month of March, artwork by the local female-artist Dodolulu will be exhibited in the lobby. Her artwork captures life’s small but poignant moments in a minimalistic, yet expressive way filled with colour. Through her art, she wants people to know that they are not alone in different moments in life, whether happy, sad, or both.

On 8 March, acclaimed mixologist and Pernod Ricard ambassador Jade Lau is stepping in on a guest shift at Cruise Restaurant and Bar from 6 pm to 10.30 pm. Lau will be mixing up her famous drinks inspired by her all-time favourite women-powered movies, Legally Blonde and Million Dollar Baby. Enjoy these drinks while the DJ mix-up tunes from female artists.

As a token of appreciation to all females, the hotel is giving away a special gift from female-run Women In Work (WIW) from 1 to 15 March to all checked-in females. The one-month WIW membership inspires women to empower and encourage each other by meeting up with like-minded peers. Included are also skincare goodies from female-run brands.

Don’t have a hotel booking yet at Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour? Join the Instagram giveaway from 1 to 8 March! You can win a one-night stay in one King Bed or Twin Beds room with buffet breakfast for two at The Farmhouse. All you need to do is share your favourite “shero” quote and tag your friends!

When: 1–31 March

Where: Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour, 1 North Point Estate Lane, North Point

Photo: Green Common

Eat well

Plant-based, all-in-one restaurant, marketplace, and innovation platform Green Common has launched a new seasonal menu featuring strawberries! Indulge in cruelty-free and plant-based strawberry French toast and strawberry oat milk lippy tea. To celebrate both the new menu and International Women’s Day, Green common is offering 38 percent off on the new strawberry oat milk lippy tea to all female customers on 8 March.

When: 8 March

Where: Green Common, locations across Hong Kong

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Malin Angell

Writer

A Norwegian eating her way through Hong Kong, Malin moved to the city to study for her bachelor’s in marketing, fell in love with Hong Kong, and never left. She has a big stomach and gladly tries anything edible. If she is not eating, she will probably be at the gym—her happy place—burning off all those extra calories or wandering the city while listening to her favourite podcasts and thinking about where to eat next.

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