Feng Yuan is an activist in women’s rights and gender equality based in China, and a visiting scholar at the University of Hong Kong. After studying at Fudan University, Shanghai, and the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, she became a journalist with People’s Daily and China Women’s News between 1986 and 2006. She is a co-founder, founding coordinator, or board member of organisations such as Media Monitor for Women Network (since 1996), the Gender and Development Network in China (since 2000), the Anti–Domestic Violence Network/Beijing Fanbao (2000–14), the Women’s Network Against AIDS/China (since 2009), the Centre for Women’s Studies at Shantou University (since 2009), and Beijing Equality (since 2014).
More than 30 years ago, when my family introduced me to their friends in Australia as a ‘feminist’, their friends told me that many people didn’t think of this word as a compliment, even in Australia. At the time, though, I didn’t consider myself very conscious of women’s rights, let alone as a feminist, which […]