Blogger helps find sanitary products for frontline female medics fighting COVID-19
Blogger gathers volunteers to help female doctors in Hubei.
Security guard wins lawsuit after getting fired for being pregnant
A woman who was fired because of her pregnancy wins lawsuits against her former employer.
Nine government departments release notice on promoting women’s employment
It was announced on February 21st that an official “notice” on promoting women’s employment was published jointly by nine Chinese government departments, including the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and the Ministry of Education. The notice lays down specific and detailed rules on the protection of women’s employment and workplace gender equality. The day after the notice came out, “not asking women about marriage and childbirth during recruitment” became the most searched topic on Weibo, arousing extensive attention and discussion. The notice is composed of eight parts and has three main features. First of all, it clarifies the criteria for identifying gender discrimination in employment. Secondly, it provides three hotlines …read more
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
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
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
The portrait of a young Beijinger who uses rap and comedy as a means to convey a feminist message.
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
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
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
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
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