Human Rights Panel at International Gender Conference in Oslo
The NCHR hosted a panel on Human Rights of Women and Sexual Minorities in China during 'Age Agency and Ambiguity' -an international conference on gender and generations in times of social change held in Oslo this week.
Panel participants: Cai Yiping, Executive committee member at Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (Dawn), Professor Liu Xiaonan, China China University of Political Science, Law Shi Junpeng, PhD candidate, Sociology Department, University of Essex and Yi Wang, head of Human Rights Education at the NCHR's International Department. (Photo: Susanne Flølo/UiO)
'Age Agency and Ambiguity' is the 6th Conference of the Sino-Nordic Women and Gender Studies Conference Series, and 140 scholars from all over the world presented papers.
Elisabeth Bjørnstøl, Head of Equality and Non-discrimination at the NCHR International Department chaired the panel on human rights.
Although gender equality and the elimination of all forms of discrimination are fundamental human rights, the rights of women and sexual minorities continue to be violated in a variety of ways in many parts of the world, says Bjørnstøl.
The human rights panel sought to address ways to better protect women and sexual minorities and to highlight deeper structures of discrimination. The researchers in the panel discussed how UN human rights mechanisms can be utilized to advance women’s human rights in China, gender discrimination in the employment sector in China, legal and policy frameworks against domestic violence in China, and identification and practice of homosexual Christians in China.
Expert witness in China's first LGBTI employment discrimination case
In her presentation about gender discrimination in the employment sector in China, Professor Liu Xiaonan from the China University of Political Science and Law talked about some of the employment discrimination cases she had been involved in. Among them was China’s first employment discrimination case based on transgender status in the summer of 2017 where Professor Liu acted as an expert witness.
Laws are necessary, but it is only the first step. They are worth nothing if we don't use them, Professor Liu Xiaonan told the participants.
After the presentations there was an interesting debate about the role of both international and national laws in China, and how civil society and women's organisations relate to the drafting and implementation of laws. Cai Yiping expressed that the involvement of women's organisations and civil society continues to be of vital importance.
We cannot stop claiming our space. We have to continue the conversation, and we are more busy doing so than ever, Cai Yiping said.
More information about the conference (including abstracts).