Equality and non-discrimination

The NCHR works to strengthen the awareness of gender equality and non-discrimination issues.

What do we do?

The NCHR organises courses and network activities for civil society organisations, focusing on vulnerable groups like sexual minorities and persons with disabilities.

We hold courses on gender and human rights for Chinese university teachers and we support the production on manuals about implementation of China’s new law against violence in close relations. We aim to include a gender perspective in all activities of the NCHR International Department.

Why is this important?

Equality is a core principle in human rights and the protection against discrimination is a central part of the international human rights conventions. The new UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) focus on reduction of inequality and on gender equality.


The lack of gender equality is still a major global human rights challenge however. Vulnerable groups like sexual minorities and persons with disabilities are particularly exposed to human rights violations.

For questions concerning equality and non-discrimination, contact Elisabeth Perioli Bjørnstøl.

Selected result:

  • China’s first law against violence in close relations was passed in 2016. The NCHR has, through a number of years, supported the organisation that has worked to pass the law, and to fight violence against women.
  • The NCHR supported research on employment discrimination in China 2003-2005. This work culminated in the first Chinese book about employment discrimination: "Employment Discrimination: International Standards and National Practice", edited by Lisa Stearns (NCHR) and Li Weiwei (Shenzhen University). From 2008 the book was used in training activities for local Chinese government officials arranged by the ILO Office in Beijing.

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Published Dec. 22, 2016 5:44 PM - Last modified Sep. 11, 2017 1:27 PM