Honour, Shame and Empowerment: The Journey to Equality for Victims of Domestic Violence
In Hong Kong, we have always prided ourselves on a holistic, protective infrastructure for victims of domestic violence. Most recently, the case of Erwiana Sulistyaningsih sent shockwaves across our city. Whilst justice for Erwiana was eventually achieved, she represents only a small segment of women whose stories were told and heard.
What about the experience of those whose stories will never be told however? Did our infrastructure fail them, or are there other socio-cultural factors at play within these situations? Can we still say that all victims - regardless of gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation - can seek "equal" access to protection?
In this talk, Puja Kapai brings us to the frontlines of understanding domestic violence in the context of minority groups in Hong Kong, highlighting the barriers beyond our current system that prevent victims of such tragedies from seeking help.
This talk will be delivered in English.
Puja Kapai is an Associate Professor of Law, Director of the Centre for Comparative and Public Law and the Director of the Social Justice Summer Internship at the Faculty of the Law at the University of Hong Kong. Her research expertise lies in international human rights law and political theory. Her writing spans a broad range of subjects including equality and non-discrimination, minority rights (including ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities, children, women and the elderly), identity politics, theories of justice, deliberative democracy and civic participation, citizenship studies, domestic violence, and comparative law and legal transplants.
Puja has been a consultant to various non-governmental organization and is currently on the Board of Directors for Unison Hong Kong, the Asian Migrants Centre, the Association for Concern for Legal Rights of Victims of Domestic Violence and the Justice Centre. She has also been a member of two deputations before the United Nations Committees on the Rights of the Child and the Human Rights Committee, and has most recently completed a project on the Rights of Children in Education for UNICEF's Hong Kong Committee. She is frequently interviewed by the media on issues ranging from racial discrimination, human trafficking and the rights of migrant workers in Hong Kong.