Keyword: Advocacy and Rights

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

Chinese court rules against first gay marriage lawsuit

Chinese court rules against first gay marriage lawsuit

A district court in Changsha, Hunan province, ruled against a gay couple in the China’s first same-sex marriage lawsuit on the 13th of April.

Tree planting restores hope for bereaved parents

Tree planting restores hope for bereaved parents

Three foundations organized tree planting activity for elderly who lost their only child, hoping to comfort their pain.

CDB releases the English translation of the new Charity Law

On the 16th of March, the Charity Law of the People’s Republic of China was passed by the fourth meeting of the 12th National People’s Congress with 2636 pros, 131 cons, and 83 abstentions. The Law will come into force in September. It had been eagerly (and anxiously) awaited by the whole of China’s philanthropic sector. As the first law of its kind, it will clarify the definition of charitable activities and regulate the establishment and operation of charity organizations and the sources and use of charitable property and services. The process of creating the Charity Law has been long and drawn out, lasting a total of eleven years. Two drafts were …read more

“Two sessions” representatives give advice on the home services industry

“Two sessions” representatives give advice on the home services industry

Although representatives had submitted proposals for the home services industry, few of them was put on the conference agenda.

First transgender employment discrimination case to go to arbitration

On March 7th the labor arbitration tribunal of Yunyan district, Guiyang city, took up a transgender employment discrimination case filed by “Mr. C” against Ciming CheckUp (贵阳慈铭健康体检中心). This is the first case of employment discrimination against a transsexual in China that goes to court. At the same time, the Expert’s Draft on the Employment Non-Discrimination Law (《反就业歧视法(专家意见稿)》), proposed by over 30 delegates to the National People’s Congress during the on-going “ two sessions”, also includes articles against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Mr C is a transsexual (female to male) who joined Ciming CheckUp as a salesman in April 2015. Although he met all the requirements for the position, …read more

Domestic violence causes 80% of divorces for rural women

On March 7th, a news conference on Women’s Rights Protection was held in the People’s Court of Huairou (a rural district of Beijing), revealing that domestic violence frequently occurs in rural areas. Figures show that over 80% of women in these areas who apply for a divorce state that they have been victims of domestic violence. According to the analysis of all such cases dealt with by the Huairou People’s Court, the frequent domestic violence in rural areas includes verbal abuse, threats, physical violence in various degrees, and even the control of women’s daily behavior and violence towards their relatives. Despite this, the court often encounters difficulties in finding valid …read more

Victims seek help on the first day the Domestic Violence Law takes effect

On the first day of formal implementation of the Domestic Violence Law, Wu Juan went straight to the People’s Court to apply for the protection order of domestic violence, for the reason of beating and threatening she suffered from her husband.

Voice of the NGO:Adding Compassion to the Charity Law (first draft)

Voice of the NGO:Adding Compassion to the Charity Law (first draft)

ZhaiYan, Beijing Huizeren Volunteer Development Center Director, offers her suggestions for the China Charity Law (first draft), particularly regarding the legislation for volunteer services.

Chinese Civil Society: the Top Ten News Stories of 2015

Chinese Civil Society: the Top Ten News Stories of 2015

CDB’s list of the top ten news stories in the NGO sector from the last twelve months