“Asia’s biggest rainbow flag” paraded through Chinese university campus
On last week’s International Day Against Homophobia, Sun Yat-Sen University’s students organized an event to parade the rainbow flag to support LGBTQ groups on campus and kick-off Guangzhou’s gay pride month. The student publication Edaily at SYSU interviewed the event organizers and participants. According to participants at the parade, the event was organized through WeChat. Participants each received individual messages about details of the event. Participants weren’t limited to SYSU students and many came from nearby schools. Both students who identify themselves as LGBTQ and students who don’t, were actively involved in this event. Many non-LGBTQ participants expressed their willingness to show support and respect by taking part in the event. Participants …read more
New reports on child protection released before the Liang Hui
Two reports on child protection were released at a pre-CPPCC seminar hosted by the China Social Assistance Foundation on March 2, 2015. The two reports were titled the Primary School Teaching Plan on Child Sexual Assault (防性侵教育小学标准教案) and the Training Plan for Primary School Teachers to Avoid Sexual Assault Against Students (小学生防性侵课教师培训教案). Guests attending the seminar included NPC & CPPCC delegates, school principals, lawyers, education experts, scholars, reporters, and representatives from the government. During the seminar, Sun Xuemei, founder of the “Girl Protection” project run by the China Social Assistance Foundation, also released their project report: the 2014 Statistical Report on Child Sexual Assault Education and Child Sexual Abuse Cases (2014年儿童防性侵安全教育及性侵儿童案件统计报告). The report, …read more
New guidelines released on domestic violence
On March 4th China’s top judicial authorities, the Supreme People’s Court, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Justice, jointly released the Guidelines on Criminal Cases Related to Domestic Violence (关于依法办理家庭暴力刑事案件的意见). The Guidelines clarify that cases where domestic violence victims use illegal methods to get away from their assaulter should be handled carefully, and take into consideration that there might be self-defense and other circumstances that could lead to a mitigated sentence or exemption from punishment. China still lacks a special law on domestic violence, even though local regulations on fighting domestic violence have been adopted by 28 provincial governments. Some national laws, including the Marriage …read more
Which Path should Marginalized Chinese Women’s NGOs follow?
CDB’s Guo Ting analyzes the landscape of marginalized Chinese women’s NGOs, including those helping female sex workers and lesbian communities.
A Day on the Women’s Rights March
CDB’s Guo Ting spends 24 hours walking alongside activist Xiao Meili on her Women’s Rights March from Beijing to Guangzhou.
Rural woman files first lawsuit on forced sterilization in China
Two years ago Xia Runying, a female farmer in Jiangxi province, was forcibly sterilized by the local family planning committee. She filed a lawsuit against the committee, asserting that the surgery was illegal and seeking compensation; the first such case in China.
An Oral History of Wang Xingjuan
In this article, CDB’s Guo Ting interviews Wang Xingjuan, one of the pioneering figures of the Chinese feminist movement. Through Wang’s story, we get a glimpse at the development of the Chinese women’s rights movement from the end of the eighties on.
New anti-domestic violence legislation still conservative
On the 15th edition of the international day for the elimination of violence against women, the State Council issued the “People’s Republic of China anti-domestic violence Law (draft)”.
The Rise and Fall of the Anti-Domestic Violence Network
Ex-ADVN program officer Dong Yige analyzes the history of the influential Anti-Domestic Violence Network and the reason for its closing down in May 2014.
Landmark gender employement discrimination case
On November 12th, the Hangzhou municipality Xicheng district People’s court decided that the Oriental Cooking School was guilty of gender-based discrimination because it had a “hiring men only” policy.
Domestic Violence: The Mainstream Topic after the 1995 Conference
The article describes how the concept of “anti-domestic violence” was introduced to China and how the fight against domestic violence has been mainstreamed by the Chinese feminist movement since 1995.
Domestic Workers Set Out Rules For Their Employers
In this article, Han Hongmei uses the “I give the employers my set of rules” case study to analyze the emergence and multiplication of advocacy activities carried out by marginalized groups.
The 2013 Chinese Sexual Abuse Cases
CDB Deputy Editor Guo Ting discusses the sexual abuse cases that were uncovered in China in 2013 and the campaigning efforts of activists.
Guangzhou University female sanitation workers go on strike
The article is a recount of the reporter’s experience in the sanitation workers face-off against the police, and narrates some of the protest leaders’ experiences of being subjected to harassment from law enforcement officers and their employer.
Becoming Public: Anti-Domestic Violence (ADV) Activism as a Public Event
Stephanie Bräuer analyzes the Chinese anti-domestic violence movement and the importance of performance art in its activism.
Female university student sues after facing gender discrimination when seeking employment; receives support across 11 cities
A gender discrimination case has been allowed to proceed to trial in Hangzhou’s Xihu district. The case has been filed by Huang Rong (not her real name), after her application for a copywriting position was rejected several times on the grounds that the position was restricted to male applicants.
Dalian mall accused of gender discrimination after setting up women-only car parking spaces
Management of a Dalian shopping centre has been accused of gender discrimination after it designated some parking spaces as women-only.
Interview with Wang Wei of the Xi’an Domestic Workers’ Union
This article is an interview of Ms Wang Wei, chairwoman of the Xi’an Domestic Workers’ Union, in which she tells us her story and explains how the union was created.