Increasing the access to Gender and Human Rights Education in China

The second teacher training lecture series on Gender and Human Rights Education took place in Shanghai in the end of September. The aim is to facilitate so that more universities in China are able to offer courses on human rights issues related to gender inequality. 

Mr. Ma Leijun from, Senior Adviser UN Women's China Office, presenting on the importance of Gender mainstreaming for engaged participants. (Photo: UiO)

The lecture series was organised by the NCHR International Department and the Research Institute for Human Rights at Fudan University in Shanghai. 

More than twenty Chinese university professors participated in the training. The participants learned about how to incorporate Gender Mainstreaming into their teaching from Ma Leijun, Senior Adviser for UN Women in Beijing.

The participants were also introduced to issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) in International Human Rights Law by NCHR visiting lecturer Dr. River Kate Hustad, and they engaged in a moot court on the same topic during the second day of training. 

Gender and human rights teaching in Europe and China

Professor Liu Xiaonan from China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) built on experiences from a textbook research visit to Sweden and Norway in June 2018, discussing curricula from numerous universities during her presentation titled Gender and Human Rights Courses: a comparative study of China and Europe. She started her presentation by pointing to numerous examples of why gender and human rights education is necessary in China, before pointing to the positive development of the increasing amount of universities offering courses on gender and human rights. 

Professor Xiaonan is the Editor in Chief of the first Chinese textbook on gender and human rights, which will be published in 2019. 

There is without a doubt a large will among the participants to ensure that Gender and Human Rights gain more ground and recognition in higher education in China. Some has already started developing courses and we see that these trainings offer an important arena for discussing and improving content and teaching methodology, says Susanne Flølo, who is in charge of the training on behalf of NCHR. 

For the weekend's final session, Dr. Hustad held an interactive presentation on how the participants can make use of a Socratic teaching method to attract and maintain student interest when teaching about gender and human rights. 

Participants representing the state of "Nutopia" during the moot court exercise. (Photo: UiO)

This lecture series is part of a larger cooperation on gender and human rights education in China between the NCHR, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (RWI) and the Constitutionalism Research Institute and the Human Rights Institute of China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL).

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Tags: gender and human rights, Equality NCHR, Women’s rights, SOGI, Equality and Non-Discrimination, Human Rights, China By Elisabeth Bjørnstøl
Published Oct. 9, 2018 1:34 PM - Last modified Nov. 24, 2018 12:44 AM