Chinese teachers studying gender and human rights
This weekend, the NCHR and the Constitutional Research Institute at China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) held a workshop on gender equality and human rights for Chinese university teachers in Chengdu, Western China.
Discussion panel answering questions from the participants. From left: Professor Liu Xiaonan, Constitutional Research Institute, CUPL. Associate Professor He Xia from Southwest University of Economics and Finance. Dr. Li Si from Guangzhou University Law School.
The workshop was part of a larger three year cooperation programme on gender and human rights between the NCHR, the CUPL and the Swedish Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights (RWI).
The aim of the workshop was to inspire more teachers to include gender equality issues in their teaching activities. Focus was on discrimination issues and on discussions of how to teach women’s rights, sexual orientation and gender identity from a human rights perspective.
Sharing best practices for teaching gender and human rights
The workshop drew on some of the top experts on non-discrimination issues in China. They shared their knowledge and their experiences in teaching gender and human rights as well as their experiences in dealing with non-discrimination and harassment issues in China.
The workshop also included former workshop participants from the three year cooperation programme who have already set up their own courses on gender and human rights. These teachers gave the participants valuable practical advice about how to start their own courses, about curriculum development and about teaching methodologies.
Increased teaching on gender and women’s rights in China
When the cooperation programme started in 2017, only three universities in China offered separate courses on women’s rights and gender equality. Following their participation in the programme teachers have opened new courses at ten Chinese universities.
The NCHR hopes to continue to contribute to increased knowledge about gender and human rights issues among Chinese teachers so that more universities will be interested in opening courses.