#ProtestToo: the women at the forefront of Hong Kong’s anti-government movement

Sep 4, 2019 by

Women in Hong Kong are taking a bigger role in the protest movement that has gripped the city since June 9. Photo: Reuters
Women in Hong Kong are taking a bigger role in the protest movement that has gripped the city since June 9. Photo: Reuters

Jordyn sleeps at night cuddling her teddy bear, while surrounded by dolls. She keeps her voice low and slow – and gets easily startled by loud noises.

“I am not a brave person at all,” says the 23-year-old.

But on recent weekends, she has mustered the courage to take to the streets – sometimes by herself – equipped with goggles, a respirator, filters and bottles of water to extinguish tear gas canisters.

“I am not physically strong, and I don’t do sports,” she says. “So I feel quite surprised how girls, including myself, have reacted in these situations. I think we have all toughened up.”

Why Singaporeans don’t get the Hong Kong protests
Jordyn, an NGO worker, is among the millions of Hongkongers who have

protested against the city’s government since June 9 , with weekend demonstrations increasingly boiling over into violent clashes between protesters and the police.

The leaderless movement, now entering its 13th week, has mostly been represented by male faces. But women joining the protests have become more daring, with many increasingly willing to go on the front lines and actively engage in a face-off with the police, according to more than a dozen female and male protesters interviewed by This Week in Asia.

continue: #ProtestToo: the women at the forefront of Hong Kong’s anti-government movement | South China Morning Post

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