Anti-Discrimination Law and Social Activism in China: Gender in Employment and Other Issues

Xiaonan Liu, Professor of Law, Institute for Human Rights, China University of Political Science and Law; Yizhi Huang, Attorney, Beijing Yirenping Center
| CSCC Conference Room, Fisher-Bennett 345

China’s laws and international treaties that China has joined prohibit or limit discrimination in employment on the basis of gender, ethnicity, disability, rural residency, or having an infectious disease.  Victims of discrimination have used these laws, and social activism, in diverse and innovative ways to seek redress and reform.

Xiaonan Liu, Professor at the Institute for Human Rights and Director of the Constitutionalism Research Institute at China University of Political Science and Law.  She teaches anti-discrimination law, gender and human rights, and jurisprudence. She has undertaken projects on equality and nondiscrimination with the International Labor Organization, Yale Law School China Law Center, and foreign universities. She was also the team leader on research projects that focused on gender equality and the condition of legal education in China. Professor Liu is the author of “Hong Kong and Taiwan Gender Equality and Legislation and Case Studies”, “20 Years On: How Far Have We Progressed? - The Development of Chinese Women’s Rights in the last 20 years following the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women” and the editor of a textbook on discrimination law.

Yizhi Huang worked for six years at the Beijing Yirenping Center, a rights advocacy NGO, where she was responsible for the implementation of projects related to antidiscrimination law and advocacy. As a lawyer, she has argued high-impact public interest law cases, on issues including hepatitis B discrimination, genetic discrimination (the first such case in China), and Hukou registration.