Women and gender in the People's Republic of China
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- Lesbian Literature Seized at NGO Forum on
- The International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commision
press release, 4 September 1995. Members of the China
Organizing Committee (COC) of the NGO Forum on Women
confiscated Chinese-language publications of the International
Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, which included
action alerts and information on human rights abuses against
lesbians in various countries around the World, although
none of the material included information on China.
- Speaking Up for Invisible Rural
- By Antoaneta Bezlova, IPS, 30 August 1998. Xie Lihua is
journalist and social activist. Urban women and rural women
in China are like two different worlds. Instead of eulogising
the model wife, she attacks the archaic values held in esteem
for women in China today. People condemn her for shattering
existing myths, but there is support from peasant women.
- Six men get death for selling brides to
- The Straits Times, 24 September 2000. The
defendants headed a gang that kidnapped women from Yunnan
and Guizhou and took them to Jiangsu, where they were handed
over to a peasant gang for sale to peasants. Trafficking in
women has become a common practice in China where many poor
farmers are unable to marry because they cannot afford to
pay a dowry and women prefer to marry into better-off
families or move to the city to work.
- Thoroughly Modern Women Disconcert Many in
- By Philip P. Pan, The Washington Post, 26
December 2000. A national discussion about what it means to
be a modern woman in China. The government points out that
not only is it taboo for a single woman to bear a child, it
is also illegal: in our traditional culture we have strict
rules on sexual relations; the majority makes the law, and
we must consider the majority's moral view: You get
married, you form a family, then you have children. Unease
about the rapid progress women have made in China.
- China decides homosexuality no longer mental
- South China Morning Post 8 March
2001. China's psychiatric association is removing
homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses. The Chinese
Psychiatric Association has concluded that homosexuality is
not a perversion, and many homosexuals lead perfectly normal
lives. Still, many homosexuals endure harassment.
- Beating back domestic violence
- By Wen Chihua, South China Morning Post, 28
March 2001. Domestic violence occurs in 30 per cent of
mainland families, affecting mainly women and children. A
program to educate medical professionals on the problem, and
that it is a social problem rather than a simple domestic
matter. Violence against women is a disturbing legacy of
China's ancient patriarchal society.
- Women Cadres Play Big Role in China
- Xinhua, 6 June 2001. Women now account for 36.6 percent of
the country's total number of cadres. The ratio of women
in the leading bodies of the Communist Party and government
has also increased considerably.
- Chinese Now More Tolerant Toward
- Xinhua, 7 April 2002. According to official figures, there
are nearly 400,000 transsexuals in China, and over the past
16 years, more than 1,000 of them have realized their
life-time dream to live as their real selves.