The NPC will review the Charity Law draft
The 17th Session of the Standing Committee of the 12th National People’s Congress (the NPC) will be held in Beijing from October 30th to Nov. 4th. The Charity Law of the People’s Republic of China (Draft) (中华人民共和国慈善事业法（草案）) will be reviewed during the meeting. It will be the first time for the Charity Law to be reviewed by the NPC after its draft was released for comments in February 2015. The law contains specific regulations on the management of charity funds and charity information disclosure. The legislative process of the Charity Law started in 2005, when the Ministry of Civil Affairs proposed it to the National People’s Congress and the Legislative …read more
Gender In China releases results of a satisfaction survey on women’s living status
In August 2015, Gender In China (女权之声), one of the most influential feminist groups in China, conducted a web-based survey on Chinese women’s satisfaction with their current living status. The web survey was conducted through Weibo and Wechat, both of which are popular online social media in China. According to Gender In China, the survey is not a strict academic research and the research participants are mainly young people. The preliminary results of the survey have now been published by the group. Based on 3094 valid questionnaires collected within three months, the results suggest that 73% of the participants are dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with their current living status, and 44% of …read more
China co-hosts global summit on women’s rights at the UN
On September 27th, China and UN Women co-hosted a global summit on women’s rights at the UN headquarters in New York. It is one of a series of summits in September marking the UN’s 70’s anniversary. More than 80 world leaders and government officials attended the Sunday summit, exchanging ideas on gender equality and women’s rights. Chinese president Xi Jinping, one of the chairpersons, delivered a speech, stressing four key points including promoting synchronous development of women and economy, actively protecting women’s rights, building a more tolerant society, and creating a better global environment for the development of women. Xi also announced that China will donate 10 million USD to UN …read more
Draft of Anti-Domestic Violence Law now available online for public consultation
The Anti-Domestic Violence Law(draft) (反家庭暴力法草案), which has been in development for several years, passed the preliminary examination by the Sixteenth Session of the Twelfth Standing Committee of the NPC on August 24. At the press conference on September 23, where the White Paper of Gender Equality and Women’s Development in China was released, Song Xiuyan, deputy director of Women and Children Work Committee of the State Council and vice-chairman of the National Women’s Federation, pointed out four aspects about the current draft which is now available for comments online: Firstly, It provides specific precautionary methods to prevent domestic violence. Secondly, the draft sets up a detailed domestic violence reporting system. Thirdly, it stipulates that …read more
CDB will hold a special event at China Charity Fair
On September 19th, China Development Brief (CDB), together with Beijing Ginkgo Foundation(北京市银杏公益基金会), will hold a seminar, titled “Creative Approaches for the Localization of Overseas Practice”(海外经验在本土的创新实践), at the fourth China Charity Fair in Shenzhen. Leaders from foundations/NPOs and representatives of philanthropic media who have experience in exchanging with or visiting overseas philanthropic organizations will share their stories and discuss the challenges and risks they are facing. The aim of this seminar is to push the development of the public welfare sector by learning from foreign countries and drawing on their experience. CDB was founded in 1996 and registered in 2003 as the Beijing Civil Society Development Research Center, serving as a bilingual platform for the Chinese civil society. The co-host of this event, Beijing Ginkgo Foundation, was founded in July 2015. As a nonpublic fund-raising foundation, it sponsors outstanding talents and organizations in the public welfare sector, and conducts related research, trainings and communication events. For more details about the event, please visit the Events Section.
NHFPC requires schools to build AIDS epidemic reporting system
Due to an increase in HIV/AIDS infection among students, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) recently published a Notice to ask schools to build AIDS epidemic reporting systems (关于建立疫情通报制度 进一步加强学校艾滋病防控工作的通知) and requires schools to organize consultations to analyze reasons for epidemics and ways of controlling them.
2015 Young Sex Educators Forum held in Beijing
After the successful first forum in 2014, this year the Forum marched into a bigger stage and aimed to widen the platform of dialogue on sex education.
Procuratorate can now initiate public interest litigation
On July 1st the National People’s Congress Standing Committee passed a decision granting the Supreme People’s Procuratorate power to initiate public interest litigation at designated testing areas (全国人民代表大会常务委员会关于授予最高人民检察院在部分地区开展公益诉讼试点工作的决定). The Supreme People’s Procuratorate then released the Pilot Plan for Public Interest Litigation Brought by Procuratorial Departments (检察机关提起公益诉讼试点方案) as follow-up to the decision on July 2nd. According to the plan, procuratorial departments now officially have the power to initiate public interest litigation.
UNAIDS commentary on the draft Overseas NGO Management Law
UNAIDS China office points out the effect of NGO Management Law on the future of AIDS control in China.
Solving the challenges facing ‘left-behind children’ requires efforts from everyone
On June 9th, four “left-behind children (留守儿童)” committed suicide in their home in Bijie, Guizhou. The tragic incident follows another three years ago, when five left-behind children died in Bijie after lighting a fire in a dustbin. The tragedy has once again brought national attention to the many problems facing children left behind by China’s migrant labourers. A Nanfang Daily article argues that these problems aren’t easy to solve and require coordinated efforts from both government and non-government. According to the article there are two possible solutions: one is to have parents come home (让爸妈回家) and the other one is to have children leave with their parents (跟爸妈离开). These might sound simple but to really …read more
NGOs hoping to play a bigger role in China’s anti-smoking campaign
May 31st was World No-Tobacco Day and it was also the last day that the Beijing government will allow smoking in public places. From June 1st, the municipal government will implement it’s “Beijing Smoking Ban” (北京市控烟条例), which will ban smoking inside all public spaces. According to a Jiemian.com article, Chinese grassroots NGOs are hoping to play a bigger role in tobacco control nationwide. Both Friends of Nature and Yiyun (益云, 公益互联网) recently co-organized the “Put out Your Cigarette for Love” (为爱熄烟) event in support of the up-coming smoking ban. The event gained much attention and support from other NGOs. Furthermore, in previous years Chinese NGOs have been actively involved in tobacco control. For example, NGOs …read more
“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
Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Nicola Macbean, Founder and Director of The Rights Practice
An interview with Nicola Macbean, Founder and Director of The Rights Practice, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” project.
The One Foundation creates controversy with “笨小孩” (silly kids)
The One Foundation has created controversy after launching an initiative on Weibo for World Autism Awareness Day. The initiative was titled “人人都是笨小孩” [the official english translation is “Childish is with Everyone”]. The phrase “笨小孩” – meaning literally “silly kids” – attracted criticism with some people worried that the term would reinforce the negative stereotypes associated with autistic children. Many raised the point that big influential organizations such as the One Foundation shouldn’t repeatedly make these types of mistakes [the One Foundation has previously attracted criticism for using insensitive terminology in similar initiatives]. In response to these criticisms, Li Jin, Director of the One Foundation, said that the foundation sought advice from all parties, including parents of …read more