Keyword: Advocacy and Rights

The Charity Law brings transparency to the forefront

With China’s first ever charity law coming into effect this month, the issue of transparency in the charity sector has taken the limelight. The charity law prescribes that charitable organisations are supposed to disclose their accounts and fundraising information on specified platforms, so as to ensure more clearness and transparency. In a recent survey carried out in Shenzhen on the factors impacting people’s participation in charity, 61% of respondents claimed that it is the low transparency levels in fund management that keeps them from donating. 60% of respondents also claimed that disclosing every detail of how the funds are used timely is the key point, and it is necessary to …read more

Beijing Charity Week to give publicity to the Charity Law

China’s Charity Law has officially come into force on the first of September 2016. As the first basic and comprehensive law for all charitable activities, it is supposed to lead and promote the development of charity in China. Beijing‘s Civil Affairs Bureau held a press conference on the 29th of August centring around the Charity Law, during which some related activities were announced. Beijing’s municipal government has set a goal for the building of a ‘charitable Beijing’ which takes the city’s special urban identity and development strategies into account. This goal has been included in the city’s ’13th five-year plan’, and a document has been published including the detailed guidelines and principles …read more

China’s first Internet movie on philanthropy shot, with giant pandas as its theme

The filming of Protect the Panda Village, China’s first internet philanthropy movie in the form of a reality show, began in Chengdu’s famous giant panda breeding-base on August 15th. The movie records the life of six “panda village protectors” over seven days and six nights, during which they go into the primeval forest to get to know the living condition of pandas and their companion animals, visit local residents to find out about their lives, and experience the much-envied activity of feeding pandas. The six girls who play the role of protectors, with an average age of 23, were selected out of 156 panda-lovers. The movie is made by the Eudemonia Bank …read more

G(irls) 20 summit promotes female entrepreneurship

Twenty-four young women-chosen for their experience, ambition and learning ability out of more than 1,700 applicants from the G20 countries-joined this year’s G(irls) 20 summit in Beijing on August 9th. G(irls) 20, established in 2009, is an organization based in Canada that is devoted to promoting greater female participation in the workforce around the world. Farah Mohamed, head of the organization, said that China stands out internationally for producing impressive examples of women who are in power, particularly in business. Hong Xinyu, China’s representative at the Summit, told the international gathering that her plan is to open a workshop to help women who were unable to go to college get training …read more

2015: Public Welfare and Gender

2015: Public Welfare and Gender

This article from the Chinese Academy of Social Science’s annual Blue Book of Philanthropy describes how gender issues came back to the fore in China’s non-profit sector over 2015, after years of being consigned to the back burner.

An Interview with Adrian Sargeant: Fundraising and Donor Loyalty

An Interview with Adrian Sargeant: Fundraising and Donor Loyalty

Professor Adrian Sargeant, world renown authority on fundraising and donor psychology, talks with CDB about how fundraising can be made more responsive to the needs of the donors, and about some of the issues facing the charity sector in China and worldwide.

China’s rules on freeing captive wild animals and using animal products as medicine amended

An amendment to China’s Wild Animal Protection Law was voted through in the 21st session of the twelfth NPC standing committee. The top two issues addressed by the amendment are whether the products of wild animals under key protection in China can be used as medicine, and the rules about freeing captive wild animals. The Wild Animal Protection Law was officially enacted in March 1989, and since then it has been amended twice in 2004 and 2009, but these amendments only concerned some specific changes in the phrasing. This year’s amendments on the other hand are more substantial. Zhai Yong, the director of the Act Office of the Environmental and …read more

Project to send students to live in villages celebrated in Beijing

  An inspired speech on youth was delivered in Peking University’s Main Hall on July 2 as part of the annual celebration of Eagle Plan, a project organized by the Youchange China Social Entrepreneur Foundation and the Junhe Innovation Foundation. The project was launched by the Youchange Foundation in 2011. It aims to encourage aspirational and inclusive youth to experience one year of life in China’s villages so that their social responsibility and activism can be inspired, eventually making a difference to society. Up to now the project has allowed 105 students to live with local people in China’s villages, covering over 10 provinces and 20 locations. These young people have …read more

China's first rainbow anti-gender based violence service center for LGBTI people opened

China’s first rainbow anti-gender based violence service center for LGBTI people opened

China’s first Rainbow Anti-Gender Based Violence Service Center (RAVSC) for LGBTI people was opened in Beijing on June 25. The center will be run by a community-based non-profit organization, Common Language, which was established in January 2005. The primary focus of Common Language is Chinese communities that suffer from oppression based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. It also endeavors to educate the general public on sexual diversity issues, to eradicate discrimination, and to fight for equal rights through community mobilization, public education, and policy advocacy. In 2008, Common Language was awarded Netherlands’ Mama Cash “She Changes the World” award. The Rainbow Anti-Gender Based Violence Service Center for LGBTI …read more

The 2016 China Charity Ranking: An Analysis of Charitable Donations in 2015

The 2016 China Charity Ranking: An Analysis of Charitable Donations in 2015

The China Charity Ranking, released annually, provides a detailed analysis of philanthropic donations in China over the previous year. This article presents a readable and informative summary of the 2016 edition.

China’s first campaign to promote gender-neutral bathrooms begins with Beijing bars

A campaign has been initiated in Beijing to promote gender-neutral bathrooms, starting with the city’s bars. The campaign was launched in May by the Beijing Gender Health Education Institute (BGHEI), urging private organizations to put up “All Gender Toilet” signs on their restrooms. The campaign, which has received help from the UN Women and UN Development Program, has so far been a success, with more than 30 non-governmental offices, bars and coffee shops taking part, Women of China reports. BGHEI also plans to create a map of all the gender-neutral bathrooms in the city. The signs feature three figures: one in a dress, one in trousers and one with a dress …read more

Sharing session on Indian and Nepalese philanthropy held in Beijing

Sharing session on Indian and Nepalese philanthropy held in Beijing

A sharing session on Indian and Nepalese philanthropy was held in Beijing by China Development Brief (CDB) and the Beijing Sanyi Foundation in the 3ESPACE venue on June the 12th. Dr. Liu Haying, a senior researcher from CDB, presided the session, which was attended by nearly 40 people from NGOs, international organizations, foundations, and universities. Members of CDB who took part in the visit to India and Nepal organized by the NGO in March shared their experiences and their research on the topic. Firstly, the consultant for the trip and secretary general of the Beijing Vantone Foundation, Chen Jian, broadly introduced the experiences of some of the CDB members who …read more

Joint Statement released by Chinese LGBT organizations about the Orlando shooting

Joint Statement released by Chinese LGBT organizations about the Orlando shooting

Several Chinese LGBT organizations released a joint statement yesterday on the horrific attack that targeted the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, two days ago. This event has been recognised as the worst mass shooting in American history. The gunman, Omar Matten, 29, was later killed in a shootout with the police. The Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the massacre in a statement released over an encrypted phone app, even though the FBI director has said that there is no evidence directly linking Omar Matten to an outside group. Still, the Orlando Attack was clearly directed at the gay community, and Matten’s ex-wife has claimed that Matten had often expressed …read more

60th anniversary of the initiation of nature reserves highlighted in Beijing

60th anniversary of the initiation of nature reserves highlighted in Beijing

May 22 marks both International Day for Biological Diversity and the 60th anniversary of the initiation of nature reserves in China. These two occasions were highlighted by a conference held in Beijing by seven government departments, including China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP). 600 representatives from the state and local governments participated in the conference. A document released by the MEP during the conference shows that there are currently 2740 nature reserves in China, covering 1,470,000 square kilometers. They occupy 14.83% of China’s total land area, which is higher than the world average. Over 90% of the different kinds of land ecosystem in the country, 89% of endangered species of …read more

International Day Against Homophobia Celebrated in China

International Day Against Homophobia Celebrated in China

May 17th is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. The occasion aims to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people internationally. The date was chosen to commemorate the removal of homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 17th, 1990. The Day is celebrated in more than 130 countries. In China, various activities are taking place to mark the occasion, both online and in real life. Many Wechat accounts, such as LGBTRights, sichina and Onewaystreet2003, published articles to introduce the Day and the situation of LGBT …read more

New Season of “ Nature is Speaking” launched in Chinese

New Season of “ Nature is Speaking” launched in Chinese

From April 20th until the end of June, the Conservation International Foundation (CI) will be releasing five new episodes of “Nature is Speaking” in Chinese. In an effort to invite the human race to listen to nature, the second season in Chinese will feature the themes of ice, homes, the coral reef, the sky and the mountains. Renowned Chinese actors and actresses Tony Leung, Chiu Wai, Sylvia Chang, Donnie Yen, Joan Chen and Feng Xiaogang have lent their voices to these natural elements as part of this campaign for the protection of the ecosystem. All the episodes will debut in the Parkview Green Mall in the city center of Beijing. Instead …read more

China's five-year plan for Environmental Advocacy and Education released

China’s five-year plan for Environmental Advocacy and Education released

The “National Environmental Advocacy and Education Work Outline 2016-2020” (《全国环境宣传教育工作纲要(2016-2020年)》 was recently released by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China, the Civilization Office of the Central Communist Party Committee, the Ministry of Education, the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League and the All China Women’s Federation. The Outline will be the base for the relevant governmental departments and social organizations to conduct advocacy and education related to environmental protection during the 13th five-year plan. The document is significant for raising public awareness of the environment and solidifying the concept of green development, and it is supposed to serve as an engine for …read more

Free toilet paper program covers 53 Chinese schools

Free toilet paper program covers 53 Chinese schools

On April 7th, the China Philanthropy Research Institute Toilet Culture Research Center released its periodic report on Free Toilet Paper in Campus Program in Qinhuangdao City, Hebei Province. At the same time, the Toilet Culture Research Center, Qingjun, founder of Kunshan Yuting Foundation (昆山昱庭公益基金会), together with Beijing Zhongze Foundation (北京众泽公益基金会) launches a Free Toilet Paper project in Qinhuangdao as its first site in Hebei Province. Toilet paper is crucial in toilet revolution, says Wang Zhenyao, head of the China Philanthropy Research Institute, providing free toilet paper can improve public ethics, correct the faults in Chinese culture, and stimulate more public action. The Free Toilet Paper in Campus Program is an …read more