Friday, 9 May 2014

Women's Rights in China


Panel discussion:When the People's Republic of China was founded in 1949, one of the most wonderful principles was that men and women are equal. But, as you may have guessed, in practise, the reality has been somewhat different. That said, women enjoyed unprecedented rights during the 1960s and 1970s here in China when many western countries were still grappling with that same concept. But whilst other countries have caught up, China has regressed in the same respect--that's despite a booming economy and a society which will soon become one of the biggest developed nations on earth. So, what went wrong?
-Joy Chen, Women's advocate and writer, Former Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles
-Leta Hong Fincher, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Sociology, Tsinghua University and author of "'Leftover' Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China"
-Julia Broussard, Country Programme Manager of UN Women China Office

Global Talks:Today we are debating U.S. rejecting the planned referendum in eastern Ukraine, more Nigerian girls reportedly being abducted, the Thai Constitutional Court soon to rule on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's alleged abuse of power, as well as the White House releasing a report detailing "disruptive" impacts of global warming.

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