Keyword: Women and Gender

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

The Supreme People’s Court finally decided not to approve the death penalty sentence in the case of Li Yan

On June 23, Li Yan’s brother received a phone call, informing him that the Supreme People’s Court finally decided not to approve the death penalty in his sister’s case.

China Fortune – Chinese women’s rights: 20 years after the World Women’s Conference

The article discusses the political and intellectual legacies of the 1995 Beijing Fourth World Conference on Women, including the deepened understanding of feminist theory, the growth of grassroots organizing, and the increase in international collaboration among NGOs