Recent lawsuits cast spotlight on transgender rights
A couple of recent lawsuits initiated by transgender individuals against their employers have attracted media attention in China. In December 2019, a court in Hangzhou heard a dispute regarding the employment rights of a transgender individual named Jessy Ma. Ma underwent a gender confirmation surgery in October 2018, and when she returned to work two months later she was told to resign from her company. The company explained that they were unsure about how to assign Ma a position due to the ambiguity of her gender. Ma refused to accept the dismissal, so the company terminated her contract on the grounds that she was often late to work. Ma then began a …read more
Shanghai single mother denied maternity benefits for being unmarried, starts lawsuit
Editor’s Note This is an abridged translation of an article by 新京报 (Beijing News) on a young mother from Shanghai who found she was unable to apply for maternity benefits because she was unmarried. She is now using legal means to try and secure her right to receive the benefits, hoping to set a precedent for other unmarried mothers. You can find the original article in full here. We translated parts of an interview with the woman in question which was appended to the original article. On August 28th, unmarried mother Zhang Meng (pseudonym) from Shanghai received a piece of good news – the Shanghai Supreme People’s Court had accepted …read more
Points of No Return – an Interview with Jennifer Morgan, Greenpeace
In this wide-ranging interview with CDB, the International Executive Director of Greenpeace Jennifer Morgan discusses her organization’s strategies in China and worldwide, the importance of fighting climate change and preserving biodiversity and the fallout from the Paris agreement.
Yunnan releases implementation measures for the mandatory reporting of domestic violence
It has been reported that the government of Yunnan Province recently released the Implementation Measures for the Mandatory Reporting System of Domestic Violence. Yunnan is the first province in China to introduce specific implementation measures regarding the mandatory reporting of domestic violence. The promulgation of the “Measures” will provide a basis for the responsible departments to discover and report domestic violence and play an important role in preventing it, as well as protecting the interests of those who have no or restricted legal capacity. The “Measures” defines the main body of responsibilities for the mandatory reporting of domestic violence, so that the way in which the reporting should be carried out and …read more
What does the Iron Divide in Suzhou’s Primary School Expose?
CDB’s translation of an article discussing a recent incident in Suzhou, in which an elite primary school’s playground was divided by an iron barrier to separate the children of migrants from local children. The article analyses deep-rooted issues of educational inequality in China.
National transgender hotline launched in China
In 2015 the Beijing LGBT Center launched a hotline specifically for transgender issues, and since then they have aided over 1000 callers. Following this, in August 2018 the National Transgender Hotline was officially launched as a collaborative effort by transgender activists and volunteers from LESGO, the transgender department of the Beijing LGBT Center, the Trans Center (跨儿中心), the Anhui LGBT group (安徽皖爱同志小组) and the Trans Youth Education Center (跨青年教育中心). The hotline is a free service for the transgender community, providing support, companionship, information and consultation. The National Transgender Hotline welcomes callers to use their service free for one hour a week. The hotline can be used by transgender individuals, individuals who are …read more
Renowned social worker latest to be hit by #MeToo accusations
On the morning of August 10th, Liu Li and Xiao Xing (pseudonyms) went to the petition reception office of a court hall in Chengdu. They wanted to sue Liu Meng, the chairman of the ONE DAY FOR Social Service Center (一天公益社会工作服务中心), for sexual assault and “abuse of authority”. Waiting in line, their papers in hand, Liu Li and Xiao Xing worried that their lawsuit would not be accepted. To their surprise, unlike most sexual harassment cases, their case was successfully placed on file by the court. Similarly to other victims who came out during the recent #MeToo campaign that shook China’s charity sector, Liu Li and Xiao Xing’s anxiety primarily …read more
Survey of almost 30000 people reveals the extent of sexual harassment in daily life
The #MeToo campaign that has rocked China in the past month has not only sparked an avalanche of accusations, but also caused a series of discussions, debates, and research on sexual harassment among Chinese academics and public intellectuals. Last week KnowYourself (KY), an online community of young liberals seeking answers to social issues from the perspective of psychology, sent out a survey to its readers to investigate how frequently and to what extent sexual misconduct affects Chinese people’s lives today. Within five days, KY received 26981 answers. “It happens all around us” The results of the survey may serve to dent many Chinese people’s misconceptions that sexual harassment happens rarely, only among …read more
#MeToo campaign spreads from charity sector to wider society
The past week has been a disconcerting one for the Chinese nonprofit sector. After last Monday’s accusation of sexual assault against Lei Chuang, a well-known activist for the rights of hepatitis B carriers, many other women and men within the sector have come out with their own stories of being sexually harassed. This explosion of accusations then led to an avalanche of similar scandals in many other industries, snowballing into a larger Chinese #MeToo movement which has already eclipsed last January’s campaign centered around the country’s universities. Below we summarize some of the major scandals that have hit the nonprofit sector over the past week. July 20th: Yuan Tianpeng, renowned lecturer The …read more
Claiming the Space for an Independent, Progressive Civil Society in China
The founder of CDB’s English-language platform, Shawn Shieh, on how a recent fact-finding mission to Israel and Palestine to meet with local NGOs led him to appreciate the importance of indepedent platforms like CDB.
Administrative detention of environmental protection worker Lei Ping officially withdrawn
On the 29th of May 2018, after environmental protection worker Lei Ping sued the Public Security Bureau of Xinyi city, in Guangdong province, for their decision to place her under 10-day administrative detention, it was announced that the police had withdrawn the decision, and the two parties had reached a settlement in court. Earlier this year Lei Ping, a volunteer with the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF), was detained by the local police for “spreading rumors and disrupting public order” after she posted a report online about a local quarry polluting that was the environment. The news of her detention attracted public attention on the internet, and people …read more
Double amputee from China reaches Everest summit
Double amputee Xia Boyu, 69, successfully completed his fifth attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest a few days ago. What follows is his inspiring story. Born in 1949, Xia Boyu was an athletic individual, becoming a member of the Chinese mountaineering association at the age of 25. Nicknamed by his team mates the “fire god” for his ability to persevere through the cold, Boyu was the picture of health. In 1975, he embarked on his first attempt to climb Mount Everest. After climbing up to an altitude of 8600 meters, the Chinese team were stopped in their tracks by an aggressive change in the weather and had to …read more
Faye Wong, Zhang Jie, TFBOYS… How do Chinese Celebrities Engage in Charity?
The participation of Chinese celebrities in charitable activities has grown in recent years. This translated article explores this trend by analysing the Chinese Charity Celebrity Rankings since 2013.
Sixty-six hours after announcing ban on gay content, Weibo reverses its decision
Weibo, one of the largest social media platform in China, released a notice on April 13 saying that content such as comics and videos related to “prostitution, violence and homosexuality” would be cancelled and banned. The notice quickly provoked an outcry, and the issue simmered for the next few days, with tens of thousands of Weibo users clicking on the #Iamgay hashtag to express their support for the LGBT community and protest the ban. Within two days, the hashtag vanished from Weibo after getting 270 million clicks. Shang Wenjie, a well-known female singer, responded strongly against Weibo’s action and tweeted an editorial entitled “Homosexuality is not a mental illness” published by the People’s …read more
A Feminist’s Portrait: Diversity is One Way to Deconstruct Patriarchy
The portrait of a young Beijinger who uses rap and comedy as a means to convey a feminist message.
The Top Ten News on Women’s Rights in China Over the Past Year
To mark this year’s Women’s Day, we have selected ten stories related to women’s rights in China. From the new law on domestic violence to scandals over sexism, these ten stories encapsulate the struggle for women’s rights.
China’s first employment discrimination case involving transgender man ends with signs of progress
Chinese court says for the first time that employees should not be treated differently based on their gender identity and expression.