Taking place on 8 March every year, International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate the achievements of women worldwide. This year, the global campaign is #BeBoldForChange, inviting each one of us to take initiative and drive greater change in the world. Whether it’s taking a stand on social media, donating to charity, honouring the success of women within our society, or simply recognising your own special self-worth, here are a list of ways you can celebrate this special day in Hong Kong and help promote this meaningful initiative.
Arts & Culture
Landmark Mandarin Oriental
Celebrating women from all walks of life, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental is hosting a unique charity photographic exhibition in collaboration with artist and filmmaker Sean Lee-Davies. The portraits, on display in the lobby and MO Bar area, will highlight 10 Hong Kong-based female personalities — including international artist Karen Mok, singer Joyce Cheng, car racing champion Denise Yeung, Olympic swimmer Stephanie Au, company CEO Emma Sherrard Matthew, Asia’s Best Female Chef winner May Chow, and more. The photographs will be open for online bidding from 8-31 March at twfhk.org, with all proceeds going to The Women’s Foundation.
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road Central, The Landmark, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2132 0188, mandarinoriental.com/landmark
Introducing a curated list of 10 books that highlight achievements of women in social, economic, cultural and political sectors, Bookazine invites customers to celebrate International Women’s Day by getting to know the extraordinary women who changed the world. To contribute to helping local women, the book store will be donating 10% of the sales of these 10 books made through the end of the day to the HER Fund, a local charity that offers financial grants to improve the situation and protect the human rights of marginalised women in Hong Kong.
Bookazine, Shop 326-328, 3/F, Landmark Prince’s, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2522 1785, bookazine.com.hk
To coincide with International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, the Tory Burch Foundation is launching an #EmbraceAmbition social campaign on 8 March, inviting everyone across the globe to make a pledge online and address the double standard that exists around ambition — a characteristic often seen as a great attribute in men but a negative one in women. In addition, #EmbraceAmbition bracelets and t-shirts will also be available in Tory Burch and Tory Sport boutiques globally as well as online. All of the net proceeds within the United States will benefit the Tory Burch Foundation, which works to empower women entrepreneurs in the country.
Tory Burch, 2/F, Shop 2065, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2234 7282, toryburch.hk
To celebrate International Women’s Day as a time to honour all women, regardless of culture, race and religion, Shanghai Tang has announced a special treat for all female shoppers at their Pacific Place boutique: a 15-minute express manicure, with colours reflecting their newly launched Naadam bag collection. The offer is available during weekdays only from 8-31 March, between the hours of 3-8pm.
Shanghai Tang, Shop 105, Level 1, Two Pacific Place, 88 Queensway Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2918 1505, shanghaitang.com
Food & Wine
Women of Wine (WoW) Festival
Offering a fresh way to celebrate International Women’s Day, Asia’s first Master of Wine, Debra Meiburg, is debuting the Women of Wine (WoW) Festival in Hong Kong on 10 March (5–9pm), where guests can taste some of the best wines made by women, participate in workshops, and also meet some of the city’s most successful women in the F&B industry. The festival also shines a spotlight on female corporate trailblazers, powerhouse entrepreneurs, key industry leaders and trendsetters, who will share their unique experiences and insights in a series of inspirational seminars. Actress and celebrity winemaker, Bernice Liu, will also be making a special appearance to ensure a stylish, thought-provoking and entertaining evening for all. Tickets are priced from HK$300-800 and are available here. More information on the programme is available here.
HKGCC Chamber Theatre, 22/F, United Centre, 95 Queensway, Admiralty, debramasterofwine.com/wow
DiVino and DiVino Patio
DiVino, 73 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2167 8883, divinogroup.com/restaurants/divino
DiVino Patio, Shop 11, 1/F, BRIM28, 28 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2877 3552, divinogroup.com/restaurants/divino-patio
Le Bistro Winebeast and A.O.C
Celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, traditional French bistro Le Bistro Winebeast and its sister restaurant, newly opened wine bar A.O.C. will introduce new menus to be served only on International Women’s Day (8 March). In addition, all female guests at both the restaurants will be offered a 50% discount for their partners on the day — be it a friend, partner, spouse, parent or child.
Le Bistro Winebeast, G/F & 1/F, Tai Yip Building, 141 Thomson Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2782 6689, wine-beast.com/le-bistro
A.O.C, G/F, 15 McGregor Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2479 6833, wine-beast.com/aoc