Ben lau

Born in Australia to Shanghainese immigrants and raised in Hong Kong, Ben reads China Studies at the University of Hong Kong. Ben’s vision for Hong Kong is for it to be a place where people can have a dream and achieve it.

At university, Ben was External Vice-chairperson of Amnesty International Club @ HKU from 2016 to 2017, where he got his first taste of working on human rights issues. In 2018, he became Vice President and since 2019, serves as Co-President at Queer Straight Alliance (QSA), a registered society founded to unite LGBTQIA+ students and staff and their allies across campuses. QSA’s flagship events include the annual Inclusion Recruitment Conference, a student-professional mentorship programme, and social gatherings.

Ben first became interested in gender-based violence (GBV) issues after the #MeToo movement unfolded in late 2017. He participated in a three-month university student training on sexual violence hosted by RainLily. Afterwards, Ben joined a volunteer group at the same NGO that focuses on raising awareness of GBV. The group conducts surveys and hands out factsheets at key LGBTQIA+ events such as Hong Kong Pride Parade and Pink Dot. Ben believes GBV to be an effective framework that brings together issues that stem from understandings of gender, therefore creating a stronger voice in society.

In his free time, Ben enjoys the musical theatre and classical Hollywood films. He adores many leading ladies who challenged norms and championed social justice on and off screen, particularly Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Barbra Streisand. Ben is considering working in the corporate world as well as pursuing further studies. No matter where he ends up, Ben will continue his social justice work to promote LGBTIQ+ rights and end GBV.

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Holly Allan, Mentor of Ben

Teaching Fellow for the Global Migration Legal Clinic at HKU and former Executive Director of HELP for Domestic Workers