Keyword: Women and Gender

New draft of China’s civil code touches upon sexual harassment, NGOs propose amendments

The draft of a new section of China’s Civil Code was recently released in order to solicit feedback from the public. The deadline for providing feedback was November 13. What is most noteworthy is that, for the first time, the draft includes the prevention of sexual harassment. The issue of sexual harassment has drawn much attention in China this year due to the spread of the #metoo movement. According to the draft, if someone molests other people against their will through their speech, actions, or by making use of a position of authority, the victim can request that the perpetrator bear civil liability according to the law. Employers also need to …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

China House launches project to combat FGM in Kenya

China House launches project to combat FGM in Kenya

This is an article put together by China House, discussing a project they have undertaken to fight against FGM in Kenya.   Angela, a Maasai woman in her fifties, lives in an eastern Kenya township with the tradition of practicing FGM (female genital mutilation). Because of her education and Christian beliefs, Angela changed her attitude towards circumcision. When her mother-in-law insisted on circumcising Angela’s daughter, she calmly said: “I’ll do it myself.” Then Angela took her daughter out and never did it.  Today Angela has become an activist fighting for women’s rights as the cofounder of the Maasai Girls Life-Time-Dream Foundation in Oloitoktok. The organization has collaborated with a Chinese organization …read more

UNDP and China Women’s University release gender recognition report

UNDP and China Women’s University release gender recognition report

Editor’s note This is a press release put out by UNDP regarding a report on legal gender recognition in China that it released during a press conference on August 5th. Beijing, 6 August – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and China Women’s University published a report to shed light on the current laws and policies in China regulating the recognition of gender identity and inclusion of transgender people. The report is part of UNDP’s efforts to ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people have dignity, equality and inclusion in society. Entitled the “Legal Gender Recognition in China: A Legal and Policy Review”, the report considers a wide …read more

Sexual harassment scandal rocks China’s charity sector

Lei Chuang, a well-known figure within the Chinese non-profit sector, was accused yesterday of sexual harassment, six months after publicly offering his suggestions on how to prevent sexual harassment in the wake of the #metoo campaign spreading to Chinese universities. A hepatitis B carrier, Lei founded the Yiyou Charity Center to counter discrimination against HBV carriers like himself in the society and in the workplace. Since 2009, him and his organization have received many accolades for defending the welfare of the disadvantaged. The Accusation Howevver, on the morning of July 23rd an anonymous open letter was published online, accusing Lei of sexual assaulting the author of the letter and potentially many other girls. …read more

A Feminist’s Portrait: Diversity is One Way to Deconstruct Patriarchy

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.

A Chronicle of the Struggle Against Domestic Violence in China (1990-2017)

A Chronicle of the Struggle Against Domestic Violence in China (1990-2017)

A chronicle of all the major milestones since 1990 in the battle to make China’s legal system more responsive to the victims of domestic violence.

Two-year report on the implementation of China’s first anti-domestic violence law released

On March 7, women’s rights NGO Beijing Equality released a two-year monitoring report on the implementation of China’s first anti-domestic violence law. The report suggests that the state should strengthen its distribution of information and news on domestic violence for the purpose of raising public awareness, fulfil its responsibilities when dealing with family abuse cases, and protect the victims. Media Exposure The media is the main channel for the dissemination of domestic-violence related information, with women’s organisations rather than the government the main force behind its distribution. According to the report, 5,892 articles on domestic violence were published on various news outlets from March 1st, 2016 to February 28th, 2018, of …read more

Report: Chinese women earn 22% less than men

The day before International Women’s Day, the well-known Chinese recruitment website Zhaopin released a report on the status of Chinese women in the workplace in 2018. 102,415 valid questionnaires were collected in order to compile the report, according to which women are found to earn 22% less on average than their male counterparts. Women choosing between career and family Confronting the dilemma of how to reconcile their careers with their family lives, women are more likely to be influenced by the conventionalised gender divisions and norms of the workplace. According to the report, women spend 15% more time doing family work than men do. In contrast, women’s time in the …read more

The Top Ten News on Women’s Rights in China Over the Past Year

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.

Single woman writes to NPC deputies asking for the right to freeze her eggs

Single woman writes to NPC deputies asking for the right to freeze her eggs

A 29 year old single woman named Zhan Yingying has sent letters to 64 National People’s Congress deputies from Jilin province, urging them to propose a motion to allow Chinese single women to make use of ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) to have babies. According to the ART standards published by the former Ministry of Health (now part of the National Health and Family Planning Commission), ART is the medical technology applied to achieve pregnancy through artificially matching and blending eggs and sperms and through operations on embryos. There is a more familiar term, egg freezing, that covers part of ART. Published in 2001, the national ART standards exclude single women from the …read more

Yunnan hospital taken to task for recruitment ad discriminating against women

Yunnan hospital taken to task for recruitment ad discriminating against women

A recent case in Yunnan has provided an encouraging example of an institution being taken to task by bloggers over the use of sexist language in recruitment ads, and providing a quick and satisfying response to the controversy after the involvement of the provincial Women’s Federation. On January 24th, a group of bloggers known as the “gender discrimination detective group” (就业性别歧视监察大队) denounced the sexism wording contained within a recruitment ad published on Weibo by the Qujing No.1 People’s Hospital (曲靖市第一人民医院), based in the city of Qujing, Yunnan province. Statements like “male graduates prioritised”, “men only” and “men preferred over women” can be seen in the ad. Two days later, the Qujing No.1 People’s …read more

Alumni petition universities in China to fight against campus harassment

Alumni petition universities in China to fight against campus harassment

Triggered by the harassment scandal at Beihang University, alumni from more than sixty universities in China have sent out open letters with signatures to their alma maters, to call for the establishment of an anti-harassment mechanism on campus. On January 2, the day after Ph.D. graduate Luo Xixi publicly exposed her former professor Chen Xiaowu at Beihang University for sexual misconduct, a graduate of Xi’an International Studies University named He Xi posted an open letter to the university president on WeChat, appealing for the setup of a prevention mechanism for campus harassment. According to He, she had already made the request right before her graduation in July 2017, and had received …read more

University professor suspended over sexual misconduct allegations

University professor suspended over sexual misconduct allegations

A professor at Beihang University has been suspended over allegations of sexual misconduct against several female students. On the first day of the new year Luo Xixi, a former Ph.D student at Beihang University from 2004 to 2011 who currently lives in the US, posted an article on Weibo claiming that she and at least five other girls were sexually harassed by her deputy supervisor Chen Xiaowu, a renowned professor and Cheung Kong Scholar. In the post, Luo said that Chen took her to his sister’s apartment on an afternoon twelve years ago, under the pretext of tending to the flowers while his sister was abroad. Soon after they entered the …read more

Nearly half of women suffer from sexual harassment on public transport in Shenzhen

Research about the alarmingly high rate of sexual harassment on public transport in Shenzhen was recently released by well-known feminist organization 女权之声 (the Voice of Feminism). The organization managed to collect replies to 433 questionnaires. 33.9% of respondents claim to have suffered from sexual harassment on public transport, and the proportion of women victims was even higher, reaching 42%. The research’s statistics are divided into five parts: the demographic distribution of interviewees, the conditions, cognition and countermeasures of the sexual harassment on public transit, and the demands and expectations of the interviewees. The most common forms of sexual harassment reported in the survey are teasing, eye contact, leering and pressing …read more

China’s Battle Against Domestic Violence is Far from Over

China’s Battle Against Domestic Violence is Far from Over

Hope coexists with worry, says the latest monitoring report on the implementation of China’s first law against domestic violence.

16 days of activism against gender-based violence

Various activities are being carried out in China to mark this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign. The international campaign, which runs every year, aims to stimulate action to terminate violence against women and girls all over the world. It lasts from November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until December 10, Human Rights Day. This year, in order to further reflect the main principle of the transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign is marking the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence under the central theme “Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and …read more