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Webinar: Accelerating the Realisation of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women 

Welcome to join our webinar on International Women’s Day: Accelerating the Realisation of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, hosted by the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. 

Twenty-five years ago, the World Conference on Women in Beijing immortalised the notion that human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights.

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law has integrated this notion in our work to strengthen institutions and networks for the promotion and protection of human rights around the world. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, we are pleased to invite you to attend a webinar on women’s human rights and the legal empowerment of women.

The webinar will bring together Chinese and international experts to reflect on progress and challenges since the 1995 landmark conference, by reviewing the critical areas of concern stated in the Beijing Platform for Action.

The webinar will take place over Zoom on Monday 8 March 2021 at 09:00-11:00 CET/Stockholm. Presentations and discussions will be held in English and Chinese, with simultaneous interpretation in both languages.

When: March 8, 9-11 am CET 
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Who: See our speakers below:


Margot Wallström

margot wallstromMargot Wallström is a Swedish politician of the Social Democratic Party who served as Sweden’s  Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2014 until 2019. In 2014, as newly-appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström launched Sweden’s feminist foreign policy.  Wallström served as the first United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict from 2010 to 2012, and as European Commissioner from 1999 to 2010. From 1988 to 1998, she held several Minister posts in different departments of the Swedish Government.


Liu Bohong

liu bohongLiu Bohong is Professor of China Women University and Adjunct Professor of Peking University Human Rights Master Programme, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Yunnan University of Nationalities, and Shandong Women University. Liu previously served as Deputy Director-General of Women’s Studies Institute of China and as a Member of the Population Specialist Committee of the State family Planning Commission. Liu is a Member of the expert committee of China Association for Employment Promotion and a Gender adviser of relevant UN agencies in China. Liu’s research focuses on gender, public policy, and development. She has published numerous books and academic articles, including the Chinese translation of the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women.

Liu Xiaonan

liu xianmanLiu Xiaonan is Professor of China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) Institute for Human Rights and Director of the Constitutionalism Research Institute of CUPL where she teaches anti-discrimination law, gender and human rights, and jurisprudence. Liu has undertaken projects on equality and non-discrimination with a number of international academic institutions in the past two decades.

Since 2017, she has been engaged in human rights and gender teaching capacity building for Chinese university teachers with support from the Raoul Wallenberg Institute and the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights. 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”, editor of a textbook on discrimination law, and chief editor and author of the first Gender and Human Rights Textbook in China.

Guo Jianmei

guo jianmeiGuo Jianmei is a public interest lawyer and Founder and director of Beijing Qianqian Law Firm. In 1995, she founded the Center for Women’s Law Studies and Legal Services of Peking University, which was the first public interest NGO specifically aimed at offering free legal aid to women.

To date, Guo Jianmei and her team of lawyers has provided free legal counselling to over 50,000 women in questions related to marriage law, property rights, labour rights, gender discrimination in the workplace, land rights, and many other important legal fields, represented more than 100,000 women in over 1500 court cases all over China, organized more than 250 training and seminars on women’s rights and interests,  published 16 professional books and more than 300 articles, submitted over 110 legal opinions, research reports, and legislative proposals.

Their persistent advocacy for women’s legal rights has made a significant contribution to the improvement of several relevant pieces of legislation in China.

Lü Xiaoquan

lu xiaoquanLü Xiaoquan is Executive director of Beijing Qianqian Law Firm (the former Legal Research and Service Center for Women of Peking University Law School), and a public interest lawyer devoted to legal aid, research and advocacy for women’s legal rights, specializing in anti-sexism and anti-gender-based violence. Through his practice, Lü has actively participated in the promotion of women’s legal rights and interests in marriage, economic and labour rights, property rights and interests, and rural women’s land rights and interests. He has dealt with a number of typical cases with national influence, including cases on child prostitution, rape, sexual assault and harassment.



Welcome and introductions Malin Oud, Director of the Stockholm Office and China Programme, Raoul Wallenberg Institute
Feminist Leadership: What Difference Does It Make?


Margot Wallström, is a Swedish politician of the Social Democratic Party who served as Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2014 until 2019.
Session 1 Human Rights of Women

·The human rights of women

·How the World Conference on Women accelerated the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in China

Liu Xiaonan, Professor and Director, China University of Political Science and Law Constitutionalism Research Institute

Liu Bohong, Professor, China Women’s University; Former Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow at Women’s Studies Institute of China

Session 2 Legal Empowerment of Women

· My journey as a public interest lawyer for women: passion, dream, responsibility, action and thinking

·The practice and challenges of women’s legal aid in China, taking China’s Anti-Domestic Violence Law as an example

Guo Jianmei, Founder and Director of Beijing Qianqian Law Firm (the former Legal Research and Service Center for Women of Peking University Law School)

Lü Xiaoquan, Executive Director of Beijing Qianqian Law Firm, Public Interest Lawyer





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