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Chinese Feminist History

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BC: May we not lose our goodness, and hence our greatness as a nation by funding feminist in China.

FC: Chinese Feminist History | By Lin Gao

1: This is the pioneer of China's feminist movements in early 1910s. Her name is Jin Qiu, she raised a concept of "woman is equal to man" to the women in old China and waked them up.

2: These is a photo of first set of China's female university graduates. They were old than man who was in the same class with them because it was really hard for them to gain the right of attending university.

3: Earliest female university gradutes in China appeared in 1920s, they were the product of China's democratic movement as well as Chinese earliest feminist movements. | They not only to get rid of men's prejudice, but also need to confront customs. In Qing Dynasty, women were all fell victims to the feudal hierarchy.

5: It is the same year with Olympics in Beijing, woman's rights movements widely reported and speculated. A hip-hop music was created by that time with the movements coordinated. China's government also played a positive role in that movements. More than three hundred regulations and laws hold by the country was abolished, with whole new laws which safeguard the interests of women in China instead. It was the first time government modified laws.

6: Picture above showed Merry's old married couple donated to the Chinese Female Association.

7: At the same time with the woman's rights movements in 2008, NGOs and individuals that cared about China's feminist came to China and donated assets and helped Chinese women to build female associations of their own. The kind woman in the left picture is Dr Zheng Wang who graduted from University of Michigan and she studies feminist. By the year 2008, she came back to China and held the post as advisor of Chinese Female Association.

9: In China, one of the fundamental state policy is the family planning policy, which is also called the one-child policy. It is crue letting women committed feticide, but China's resource is limited with that much population, it does not have any better policies or strategies to get balance with population and resource. So the family planning policy has been lasted for over thirty years. Accompanying the woman's rights movements, a letter from a scholar arguing the compulsory abortion attrated most people's attention.

10: You are funding forced abortions in China. So am I. Not only elective abortions. Forced abortions. It doesn’t matter whether you are pro-life or pro-choice on this issue. No one can support forced abortion, because it is not a choice. What do I mean by “forced abortions?” Here’s a short video about a young, Chinese woman who was dragged off the street, strapped to a table and forced to abort at seven months. You can read many more accounts of forced abortion, forced sterilization and infanticide under China’s brutal One Child Policy here. According to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China report, released on October 10, 2010, violators of China’s One Child Policy continue to be victims of “forced sterilization, forced abortion, arbitrary detention, and other abuses.” The One Child Policy has also led to many other serious human rights violations. I’ll name just three: 1. Gendercide. Because of the traditional preference for boys, girls are disproportionately subject to abortion, abandonment and infanticide. 2. Sexual Slavery. Because of the selective elimination of baby girls, there are now an estimated 37 million more males than females living in China today. This severe gender imbalance is a powerful, driving force behind trafficking in women and sexual slavery from nations surrounding China.

11: 3. Female Suicide. According to the World Health Organization, China has the highest female suicide rate of any country in the world. Approximately 500 Chinese women end their lives each day. Could this extraordinary suicide rate be related to the trauma of enduring a forced abortion or forced sterilization? How does this affect us? We are helping finance the infrastructure used in coercive family planning in China. The international community funds UNFPA (United Nations Family Planning Fund), as well as IPPF (International Planned Parenthood Federation) and Marie Stopes International. These organizations are operative “abortion providers” in China. In 2001, the US cut funding to UNFPA because an investigation, headed by then Secretary of State Colin Powell, found that UNFPA was complicit in the coercive implementation of China’s One Child Policy. In 2008, the US State Department reaffirmed that determination, and yet we restored funding in 2009. UNFPA is also funded by many other nations. In addition, the IPPF and Marie Stopes are working hand in hand with the Chinese Communist population control machine, which has been notorious in its excesses. The IPPF website openly declares, “The China Family Planning Association (CFPA) plays a very important role in China's family planning programme.

12: Women had gain dignity and respectation from the movements. | "Which I will tell you as a secret is that life is beautiful", said the beautiful Chinese woman.

15: In Shenzhen City, China's first opening to the outside world place, feminist status was as the Western countries. Women in this city almost have the same rights and equal social positions with men. The picture shows a condition that woman controls man with a secret back, but in fact, her back is just blank paper, without anything on it. It emphasized woman's contron on man.

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