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Four Years on: The Whereabouts of the ‘Feminist Five’ and the Sustainability of Feminist Activism in China
Lü Pin, March 11, 2019 “As far as human rights activism is concerned, the outside world tends to focus on short-term incidents, such as when activism comes into direct confrontation with the state. But the outside world cannot keep long-term and sustained attention, which leads to many long-term, internal difficulties being left undiscussed.” [...] Keep reading »
China Change Who Are the Young Women Behind the ‘#MeToo in China’ Campaign? An Organizer Explains
Xiao Meili, March 27, 2018     January 2018 was a special month for the Chinese feminist movement. On January 1, Luo Xixi (罗茜茜) released an open letter –– using her real name –– in which she accused her former PhD advisor, Chen Xiaowu (陈小武), of sexually harassing female students. It was as if she had lit a spark that i [...] Keep reading »
China Change A Cafe Chat With Li Tingting
Yaxue Cao, July 26, 2016 Li Tingting (李婷婷), also known as Li Maizi (李麦子), is one of the “Feminist Five” in China who were detained on the eve of the International Women’s Day in 2015; they were planning a protest against sexual harassment on public transportation, which is insidiously prevalent in China. The women were released af [...] Keep reading »
China Change Before International Women’s Day, Feminist Five And Their Lawyers Are Called in by Police
By China Change, published: March 6, 2016   Just before International Women’s Day on March 8, the Feminist Five activists in China, as well as their defense counsel, have been spoken to and put under pressure by police, according to friends and lawyers of the activists, communicating via social media. On March 3, Internal Security police [...] Keep reading »
China Change Legal Opinion on Dropping the Investigation Against the “Feminist Five”
By defense counsels of the Feminist Five, published: March 3, 2016 To:     Haidian Precinct, Beijing Public Security Bureau CC:    Supreme People’s Procuratorate           National People’s Congress Internal & Judicial Affairs Committee           Beijing Field Office of UN Women   Last year, on the eve of the March 8 [...] Keep reading »
China Change Guo Jianmei, Zhongze, and the Empowerment of Women in China
By Yaxue Cao, published: February 14, 2016   She is a renowned public interest lawyer, a pioneer of China’s NGO movement, a defender of women’s rights, a writer, a legislative advocate, a recipient of some of the world’s top awards for women, and her work has been recognized and supported by the likes of the United Nations. W [...] Keep reading »
China Change Lawyer Expresses Concern Over Rights Defender Su Changlan’s Health In Custody
By China Change, published: November 23, 2015   Su Changlan (苏昌兰) is a 44-year-old former school teacher and a petitioner-turned-activist in Guangdong province. She was arrested a year ago for her activism on women’s rights issues, and posting online messages in support of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong in 2014, according to A [...] Keep reading »
China Change Open Letter: Chinese Feminist Five Seek UN Help to Have Case Against Them Dropped
July 6, 2015   Dear Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and Under-Secretary-General, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, We are the five feminist activists from China, Wu Rongrong (武嵘嵘), Wei Tingting (韦婷婷), Li Tingting (李婷婷), Wang Man (王曼) and Zheng Churan (郑楚然). We were detained on the eve of Internation [...] Keep reading »
China Change Feminist Five Thank Domestic and International Support That Secured Their Release
Published: May 6, 2015 Below are excerpts of the letters they posted following their release on April 13, 2015.   Wei Tingting (韦婷婷), April 17, 2015   Since the first day home, I have been constantly trying to make up for what I missed during the detention, reading your articles, tracking your chats, browsing through various reports from va [...] Keep reading »
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