Keyword: Women and Gender

Report released on vocational education for girls from poor families in China

A recent research conducted by the China Children and Teenagers’ Fund and the China Philanthropy Research Institute of Beijing Normal University looks at the development of vocational education for girls from poor families in China. The report finds that due to the imbalance in economic development, gender inequality and limited educational resources, girls from poor families in China still face lots of difficulties and obstacles when it comes to education and training, and achieving equal employment opportunities. The development of education has gradually become China’s main measure to relieve poverty, and vocational education possesses its own advantages in terms of resources. In order to cut off the transmission of poverty from …read more

Zhejiang University professor claims women unfit for academia, refuses to apologize

A post written on Weibo in 2013 by Feng Gang, a sociology professor from the prestigious Zhejiang University, has recently resurfaced and led to a heated discussion online. In his controversial post, Feng Gang discussed the selection of candidates for master degrees and claimed that “based on past experience, women rarely take academia as their career path after they complete their master degrees; and during the program, they rarely focus on studying — most of them only care about getting a job after completing their degrees.” The post didn’t cause too much fuss at the time, but on October 19 the professor suddenly became the target of much online criticism for his …read more

Beijing Normal University releases report on sexual harassment on campus

Beijing Normal University releases report on sexual harassment on campus

Part of the report illustrates an increasing rate in sexual harassment cases.  Beijing Normal University has released a report entitled “the Silence of the Iron Lion – Beijing Normal University’s Campus Sexual Harassment Survey”, which looks at 60 cases of sexual harassment over a ten-year span, analyzing their locations and times. The report highlights that cases of sexual harassment have been happening frequently over the past years, with many victims opting to stay silent. In releasing the report, the University hopes to reveal why people don’t say “no” to sexual harassment and encourage people to stand up to it. Meanwhile, the report also aims to analyze the power dynamics between …read more

Walmart and Chinese organization launch women's empowerment project

Walmart and Chinese organization launch women’s empowerment project

On April 25, Walmart collaborated with China Women’s Development Foundation (CWDF) to launch a program which aims to foster the financial and professional strength of women entrepreneurs in China. The program draws on Walmart’s vast array of global resources and China Women’s Development Foundation’s expertise to raise women in all walks of life to a level of financial independence. The first event on the agenda was a public welfare training seminar in Guangzhou, which was also held on April 25. What makes this program different from previous programs are its efforts to combine targeted poverty relief efforts and innovative entrepreneurship to set forth a creative and purposeful assistance plan which …read more

Women's Rights in China – an Interview with Feng Yuan

Women’s Rights in China – an Interview with Feng Yuan

An interview with veteran Chinese feminist Feng Yuan on women’s rights in China.

Why China’s lean in circles are anything but feminist

An exclusive cohort of wealthy urbanites, Sandberg’s Chinese followers represent nothing more than privilege. Recently, I subscribed to the official Lean In Shanghai account on WeChat, China’s ubiquitous messaging platform. As an offshoot of other so-called Lean In Circles around the world, the account publishes a wide variety of articles about women. Most pieces are in keeping with the tone of the bestselling book — published by Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg in 2013 — from which the group takes its name. On the surface, Lean In Shanghai’s articles appear to promote the kind of empowering challenge to gender imbalances that Sandberg addresses in her book. Most pieces tell …read more

Two sessions’ report highlights 2016 child abuse findings

The China Foundation of Culture and Arts for Children and the Girls’ Protection Fund teamed up with Phoenix Charity to hold the 2017 annual forum on girls’ protection for members of the “Two Sessions” (China’s two parliaments which meet every year in March) at Beijing’s Jingshi Law Firm. During the meeting, the Girl’s Protection Fund released their 2016 report on child sexual abuse in China. Below are some of the report’s most interesting findings. The research found that during 2016 there were 433 reported cases of child abuse, which represents a 30% increase from the previous year. Out of the 778 victims in 2016, 719 were underage girls, representing 92% …read more

Back to back women's rights celebrations spark controversy in China

Back to back women’s rights celebrations spark controversy in China

International Women’s Day on March 8 has been celebrated in China for decades now, but it was not until recently that students at universities across China started to celebrate a separate holiday called Girls’ Day (女生节) on March 7. The addition of Girls’ Day was partly in response to a linguistic nuance regarding the word for women in Chinese, funü (妇女), which many believe sounds more like an older, married woman. Girls’ Day has now become a sort of university Valentine’s Day, with men expressing their love to their female crushes on campuses across China. However, the creation and changing nature of Girls’ Day has met with controversy on Chinese …read more

In spite of sexism, China’s female CEOs flourish

A Chinese CEO caused an uproar a few weeks ago by announcing during the China CEO Summit, held in Beijing, that he would not invest in companies with female CEOs. “Rule number 10: we usually don’t invest in female CEOs” read the slide in a presentation given by Luo Mingxiong from Jingbei Investment, an early-stage VC firm, during the investor conference. The remark has aroused public outrage, especially among female entrepreneurs. “Luo is a low-EQ and narrow-minded investor”, Li Yi, founder and CEO of the renewable energy company Renogy-RNG Inc, wrote on Weibo. She said she was among the female CEOs Luo wouldn’t invest in, and that she would make high …read more

Unisex Toilets in China: the Debate

Unisex Toilets in China: the Debate

Unisex public toilets are appearing in a number of Chinese cities. They can be seen as a way of providing more equality of service to women, and of being inclusive of those who don’t fit into the gender binary. This article from the China News website discusses the meaning of adopting such toilets, and the debate that has arisen around this issue.

Handicraft made by low-income women exhibited in Paris

Handicraft made by low-income women exhibited in Paris

The third international forum of women’s sustainable development and exhibition on women’s innovation was held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on October 26th. The event was organized by the China Women’s Development Foundation and the Sino-American Friendship Association, with the support of UNESCO. Its aim is to demonstrate the achievements of Chinese women’s participation in economic and social development, let the world hear the charitable voices of Chinese women and enhance people’s understanding of Chinese development, woman’s advancement and the Chinese charitable sector through different activities including a forum, exhibition and charity auction. An exhibition of traditional Chinese handicraft was also held during the event. During the exhibition, the …read more

All-China Women's Federation marks the International Day of the Girl

All-China Women’s Federation marks the International Day of the Girl

The All-China Women’s Federation (ACWF) hosted a seminar on “Girls and Sustainable Development” in Beijing last Monday, in order to mark the fifth “International Day of the Girl”. The International Day of the Girl is a global observance day declared by the United Nations, which has been celebrated on every October 11th starting from 2012. Its aim is to promote equal access for young girls to education, nutrition, legal rights and healthcare as well as protecting them from discrimination, violence and child marriages. More than 200 representatives from the ACWF, charitable organizations, enterprises, news media and related academies attended. During the event, the chairwoman of the ACWF Shen Yueyue gave a …read more

Female cook wins lawsuit over gender discrimination in Guangzhou

Female cook wins lawsuit over gender discrimination in Guangzhou

Last Tuesday a chain of restaurants that refused to hire a female cook was found guilty of gender discrimination, fined 2000 Yuan for “spiritual damages” and required to issue a written apology. Gao Xiao (a pseudonym) was rejected when applying for a job as a trainee cook at a seafood restaurant in Guangzhou, on account of being a woman. The young woman then sued the Guangdong Huishijia Economic Development Company, which owns the restaurant, for gender discrimination in August last year. In June last year Gao Xiao saw the advertisement for a trainee cook on a job-hunting website and thought she would be eligible for it, being qualified as a senior cook of …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.

Chinese Civil Society: A Half Year Summary

Chinese Civil Society: A Half Year Summary

Five topics that provide a quick grasp of the crucial developments in philanthropic legislation and legal practice in China during the first half of 2016.

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

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