NPC passes Anti-Domestic Violence Law
The People’s Republic of China Anti-Domestic Violence Law was released during the Eighteenth Session of the Twelfth Standing Committee of the NPC on December 27. This law will be enforced from March 1st, 2016. It defines domestic violence as beating, binding, restricting personal freedom, frequent abusive remarks and threats within families which cause physical and mental damage. The law, which is the first legislation to address domestic violence in China, contains a few remarkable points. First of all, it stipulates that psychological violence should also be seen as a kind of domestic violence. Apart from that, it also mandates that violence between “people living together”, even when they are not married, should be regarded …read more
New Domestic Violence Law draft sent to the NPC
On December 21， a second draft of the Domestic Violence Law was sent to the National People’s Congress (NPC), bringing the law one step closer to being passed. The first version was sent to the NPC in August this year, and was made available for public comments. In response to feedback from both experts and the public, the new draft features two significant improvements over its predecessor regarding the scope of the law’s coverage and its protection orders. The definition of domestic violence in the new draft is extended to psychological harm between family members, while the previous draft only covered physical infractions. The new draft also includes violence between unmarried cohabiting couples, rather than merely …read more
Sixth ILGA-ASIA conference held in Taiwan
The sixth ILGA-ASIA Conference（第六届国际同志大会）was held from the 27th to the 30th of October in Taipei, Taiwan. More than 300 LGBT activists from nearly 40 countries attended the meeting, including ones from the American Human Rights Campaign, the ASEAN SOGIE Caucus, the Ford Foundation and EU offices. The participants shared thought-provoking presentations and discussions. This year’s theme was “Independent Souls and Bodies”（灵魂‧身体自主）. The ILGA-Asia Board along with the local hosts, the Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association（台湾同志咨询热线协会), developed the theme from both a global and local perspective. A broad variety of forums, workshops and activities were offered, covering topics including political strategy, messaging and awareness raising, comparative legal analysis and other specific strategy formulations. Taiwan is a pioneer …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
“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
New reports on child protection released before the Liang Hui
Two reports on child protection were released at a pre-CPPCC seminar hosted by the China Social Assistance Foundation on March 2, 2015. The two reports were titled the Primary School Teaching Plan on Child Sexual Assault (防性侵教育小学标准教案) and the Training Plan for Primary School Teachers to Avoid Sexual Assault Against Students (小学生防性侵课教师培训教案). Guests attending the seminar included NPC & CPPCC delegates, school principals, lawyers, education experts, scholars, reporters, and representatives from the government. During the seminar, Sun Xuemei, founder of the “Girl Protection” project run by the China Social Assistance Foundation, also released their project report: the 2014 Statistical Report on Child Sexual Assault Education and Child Sexual Abuse Cases (2014年儿童防性侵安全教育及性侵儿童案件统计报告). The report, …read more
New guidelines released on domestic violence
On March 4th China’s top judicial authorities, the Supreme People’s Court, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Justice, jointly released the Guidelines on Criminal Cases Related to Domestic Violence (关于依法办理家庭暴力刑事案件的意见). The Guidelines clarify that cases where domestic violence victims use illegal methods to get away from their assaulter should be handled carefully, and take into consideration that there might be self-defense and other circumstances that could lead to a mitigated sentence or exemption from punishment. China still lacks a special law on domestic violence, even though local regulations on fighting domestic violence have been adopted by 28 provincial governments. Some national laws, including the Marriage …read more
Which Path should Marginalized Chinese Women’s NGOs follow?
CDB’s Guo Ting analyzes the landscape of marginalized Chinese women’s NGOs, including those helping female sex workers and lesbian communities.
A Day on the Women’s Rights March
CDB’s Guo Ting spends 24 hours walking alongside activist Xiao Meili on her Women’s Rights March from Beijing to Guangzhou.
Rural woman files first lawsuit on forced sterilization in China
Two years ago Xia Runying, a female farmer in Jiangxi province, was forcibly sterilized by the local family planning committee. She filed a lawsuit against the committee, asserting that the surgery was illegal and seeking compensation; the first such case in China.