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With the recognition of significance of the advancement of women in society, the Women’s Commission of Hong Kong (WOC) was established in 2001.  This Commission is the national machinery aiming at integrating women’s interests and well-being into the designation and practice of government policies and programmes.  To raise the gender sensitivity in the practicing process, the Commission already developed a checklist as an analytical tool to examine the gender awareness in policies and programmes.  This checklist is also undergoing evaluation and revision to enhance its effect.  The current focus of WOC e is capacity-building, from education, training, and retraining to lifelong learning to empower women and facilitate women’s involvement in the era of globalization and New Economy through the launch of Capacity Building Mileage Programme on 8 March 2004.

     Capacity Building Mileage Programme is designed to encourage women to improve their all- round ability, to extend their perspectives and to develop/realize their potential, to cultivate their lifelong learning interest and ability, and to help remove environmental barriers and create capacity-building opportunities for women.  Main features of this program is the flexibility for participants to join or stop courses at any time, the convenience brought from the broadcasting of the courses, the providing of optional activities, and the minimizing of the classes, the relevance of female daily lives, the choice of assessment methods such as tests or reflective writing, the mileage to evaluate the condition of participants’ studies for the next level of learning by the "points" they collect, the optional enrolment to take an assessment and to gain "points" for their studies, and the affordability of the cost.  Further information is available at http://www.women.gov.hk/flash/main.html

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