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Asian University for Women Hong Kong benefit raises over HK$7 million to empower female changemakers in Asia

Media OutReach Friday, 14 June 2019
HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 14 June 2019 - Over HK$7 million was raised at the third annual benefit for the Asian University for Women in Hong Kong titled "Faces of Change." The funds will provide 60 one-year scholarships for women from the most marginalized communities in Asia -- including garment factory workers, women from high-conflict zones and Rohingya refugees -- to study at the liberal arts university based in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

AUW graduate Bayan Salaymeh (Class of 2014) shares her story AUW graduates from all over the world join Chief Executive Carrie Lam on stage before her keynote address

More than 400 guests attended the benefit presented by title sponsor Lancôme and main event sponsor Marriott International at the JW Marriott Ballroom. Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR Mrs. Carrie Lam opened the evening with an inspiring keynote address focused on the need for women's education and participation in society, before sharing her personal remarks on the essential qualities necessary for leadership. Her full address can be viewed online here.

Mrs. Lam was followed by AUW Graduate Ms. Bayan Salaymeh (Class of 2014) who shared her journey from Palestine to AUW, to pursuing her masters at Goethe University in Frankfurt. Committed to becoming an agent for change, Bayan's determination was clear in her closing words: "AUW gave me the gift of education. It's my responsibility and my honour to use it well and give back to society." Storytelling continued with a lively conversation between AUW graduate Christina Tamang (Class of 2017) and Guneet Monga, followed by remarks of support from Pansy Ho and Ronnie Chan.

The evening climaxed in an exciting live auction presided by Christie's Chairman of Asian art Jonathan Stone, where incredible experiences were sold including a cultural excursion in Bhutan with AUW graduates, an internship with Nobel Peace Laureate Tawakkol Karman in Istanbul, and a 3-day internship with Guneet Monga, Executive Producer of the Oscar winning short documentary "Period. End of Sentence," on a film set in Mumbai.

*Thank you to our Sponsors & Partners *

AUW wishes to thank our sponsors and partners who made the benefit possible: Accenture, Advantage Partners, AIA, Bloomberg, Citi, Ctrip, Christie's, Cosmopolitan, Davis Polk, Debevoise & Plimpton, DFS, ERM, FleishmanHillard, HKEX, Human at Work, Jack Morton, J.P. Morgan, Lancôme, Linklaters, Marriott International, Mayer Brown, Media OutReach, Morgan Stanley, Point72, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Triangle Associates, UBS, Western Asset Management and ZTE.

About Asian University for Women (AUW)

Recruiting from 19 countries in Asia and the Middle East, AUW seeks out high-potential young women from communities with few opportunities for advancement, and provides them with the academic, professional, and financial support required to earn their bachelor's degrees and to take on change-making roles. Since opening its doors in 2008, AUW has graduated five classes totaling more than 800 women. Currently, almost 900 students study at AUW; the vast majority of AUW students are first in their family to attend university, and virtually all receive full financial aid. About 80% of AUW graduates pursue employment in their home countries immediately after graduation while the remaining 20% attend graduate school internationally.  Former AUW students have pursued graduate studies at a range of institutions including Oxford, Stanford, Columbia, Brandeis, and Ewha (South Korea). Graduates have gone into careers with organizations such as Chemists without Borders, Room to Read, Teach for Nepal, Accenture, Chevron Bangladesh, UNIQLO, and Democracy International. 

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