Chinese academics in Norway to study gender equality and human rights
Chinese scholars visit Oslo to learn from Norwegian experiences and discuss gender equality and human rights.
The Chinese delegation together with NCHR staff. (Photo: UiO)
First Chinese textbook on gender and human rights
The visit is part of the scholars work on the first Chinese textbook on gender and human rights. Gender issues and women’s rights are not always visible when human rights law is discussed, and the authors want the textbook to be an introduction to the gender aspect of different human rights and highlight areas where more attention is needed. The textbook is aimed Chinese students, teachers and professionals.
Gender and human rights education
The textbook is part of a larger teacher training cooperation on gender and human rights between the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR), the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) and Fudan University. The cooperation includes training of University teachers and the development of a textbook. CUPL is one of the first academic partners of NCHR in China.
- We were pleased when CUPL approached us and wanted to develop a textbook on gender and human rights, says NCHR Higher Executive Officer Susanne Flølo, who is in charge of the visit.
Although more than 70 Chinese universities are teaching human rights law, so far only two or three universities offer courses on gender equality and human rights.
We do hope that the textbook will make it easier for university professors to include gender in their teaching of human rights, says Elisabeth Bjørnstøl, head of the NCHR thematic area ‘Equality and non-discrimination’ at the NCHR’s International department.
Meeting Norwegian Experts
With a view to learn how Norway deals with gender-equality and non-discrimination at the official level, the group met with representatives from the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufdir). The Equality and Anti-discrimination Ombud (LDO) shared experiences on how it supervises Norway’s human rights commitments in this area. The Centre for Gender Research (STK) at the University of Oslo addressed interdisciplinary gender research and dissemination. The Chinese delegation also met with the Legal Council for Women (JURK), the Forum for Women and Development (FOKUS), the Department of Public and International Law at the Faculty of Law at UiO and NCHR researchers and staff.
In China since 1997
NCHR started cooperating with Chinese academic institutions in 1997 to contribute to the development of human rights law education. One of the thematic priorities is equality and non-discrimination where the NCHR has engaged in cooperation on minority rights, women’s rights, domestic violence, discrimination in employment and discrimination of people with disabilities.