Anne Hoiberg and Donna Lilly represented you and promoted AAUW to a Chinese contingency at the Overseas Young Chinese Forum at the Women’s Museum in Liberty Station and Morgan Run Golf Resort in Rancho Santa Fe. The OYCF was established in 1999 to provide a regular platform for overseas Chinese scholars, grad students, professionals and others interested to exchange views on China’s development. It is an NGO that advocates volunteerism and cultivates the members’ lasting interest in China’s social, political and economic development. Only a few females and 29 males attended
the 1st OYCF. In 2019 the picture was different, 30 students and professors participated at the OYCE in Concord, New Hampshire.
All the original creators of OYCF are professionals with doctoral degrees. Go tohttp://oycf.net/
Lei Guang, Ph.D. and Director of 21st Century China Center, School of Global Policy and Strategy at UCSD, coordinated the 3-day event. Dr. Guang (right in photo) welcomed the speakers and a grad student to the Women’s Museum. His Center is a hub for global policy and business discussions about China and U.S.-China relations. The Center seeks to advance China research and policy analysis through collaboration with Chinese partners and engages Chinese and American academic, business and opinion leaders in dialogues that generate new insights to feed in policymaking in both countries. Go to http://china.ucsd.edu/
The purpose of gathering at the Women’s Museum was to share women’s rights NGO groups in San Diego
with the Chinese guests. United Nations San Diego Chapter, Women’s Museum, League of Women’s Voters and AAUW shared how we promote the mission of our non-governmental organization in California. Anne Hoiberg presented the mission of the Women’s Museum and Donna Lilly shared how AAUW promotes gender and pay equity. Anne Hoiberg was honored with a copy of School Bullying Stop presented by Lu Ping who is established GLCAC, Gay Lesbian Campus Association of China in 2006. It is dedicated to improving the school environment for tolerance and gender equality, including the rights of children and LGBT youths.
The goal of GLCAC is to mobilize teachers and students to empower them to work toward a friendly environment for self-development of various gender groups. The NGO has trained 13 cohorts of teachers in gender education which number 330 teachers in 28 cities in China.
They built a team of 15 core teachers with local gender education experience in China, established China’s first “Gender Education Teaching and Research Group” to connect teachers in the area and to develop curriculum. Besides classroom instruction, GLCAC endeavors to improve school culture and support system with regard to gender-related activities, teaching, everyday behavior, school installation so that everyone will become an advocate and activist in gender equality.
Lu Ping won the Chinese Social Innovation Contest the next day at Morgan Run Golf Resort when she competed with 2 other Chinese NGO presentations. Lu was bullied as a young student and at Hong Kong University where she graduated in 2012. She had a tough time talking with her mom about her gender choice and activism in creating GLCAC. Currently, Lu is an independent journalist and editor of a women’s newspaper “Voice of Women.” Donna Lilly chatted with Lu Xiaoquan about women’s rights to own land and legal interpretations of contracts. He graduated from the University of Toronto with degrees in sociology and law. Hillary Clinton influenced his passion to pursue legal support and domestic violence. Chinese law is very difficult because
Chinese law is written favoring the male. After the #MeToo movement, men filed lawsuits. Lu Xiaoquan is a public interest lawyer and executive director of Qianqian Legal Services and Zhongze Women’s Law Research and Service Center in Beijing, China. Privatization of land is impossible in China so women who own land and bring a case to court usually lose their case.
During the past 16 years, 900 cases have been filed. Only 23 plaintiffs have won their case out of 200 cases heard. Successful land cases have an open-minded judge, knowledge of the case, less interference by the media and shorter time period.
Rural land is easier to arbitrate due to fewer women-owned land plaintiffs. Asked how Lu feels about being a male lawyer in China, his response was my confidence in myself. He feels honored to represent women and change the decisionmakers in China.
Shenzhen U Nature Project on Male Participation in Gender Equality (2 women on the left) was the focus of the Shenzhen-based U Nature team that has worked since 2015 by preventing sexual violation of children. Dramatic performance is the venue to sow seeds of awareness for gender equality in the minds of children through a play entitled “Penis Monologue.” The play has been distributed to 300 schools this year. The play attracted a lot of attention from the media in Hong Kong, thus catalyzing discussions about gender and gender equality. The Shenzhen U Nature is not an NGO but is a commercial feminism project; therefore, no problem with the Chinese government. Shenzhen U Nature won 2nd prize in the Social Innovation Competition at Morgan Run Golf Resort.
Lu Ping is 3rd woman from left and her NGO Gay Lesbian Campus Association of China won 1st prize in the Social Innovation Competition at Morgan Run Golf Resort. Louise Lu, on the right, creator of Xitao Women’s Leadership: Collaborative Study Effort (CSE) which is another non-governmental organization in China. Louise is passionate about the “MeToo” movement in China. Current projects focus on the awareness of sexual harassment and online violence through specialist lectures and book clubs. They help individuals identify cases of discrimination in law, economy, and culture.
The Collaborative Study Effort discovered that the word ‘feminist’ used in online education and communication in China culminated in the cancellation of their online communications. Their new goal is offline streaming and radio communication. CSE is visible on campuses across China, government officials are not invited to campuses but professions and professionals speakers are invited to present on campuses. Louise Lu was educated in London, returned to China and reported to us that the Chinese online police harass her constantly. Anne Hoiberg and Donna Lilly want to thank Xu Li, Ph. D. and Associate Director of Higher Education at the South University of Science and The technology of China in Shenzhen Guangdong, China, for her professional English translation during the 2-day events. We were honored to become involved with the Overseas Young Chinese Forum in San Diego. Xu Li and other local Chinese attendees at the events want to become AAUW members.
Submitted by Donna Lilly, AAUW California College & University Chair