Pushing for a Law Against Domestic Violence in China

The New York Times’ Didi Kirsten Tatlow describes the campaign for better legal protections against domestic violence ahead of next week’s National People’s Congress:

Currently, the Marriage Law and the Law on the Protection of the Rights and Interests of Women outlaw , but they are vague, activists say. “There are too many systemic problems, too many loopholes. It’s just too easy to do it,” said Feng Yuan, a leading feminist and a founder of the Anti- Network, which has campaigned for a comprehensive law for 15 years.

[…] In 2012, the National People’s Congress took proposals for a law defining and outlawing domestic violence into its legislative program. Every year, there have been a few deputies who try to push it forward. But after 15 years of lobbying, activists like Ms. Feng believe it’s still very low on the government’s agenda.

[…] Ms. Feng does not expect a law this year. Maybe next year, if things move fast, she said. And 2015 is the 20th anniversary of the United Nations’ Fourth World Conference on Women, a landmark event held in Beijing that declared: “Women’s rights are human rights.” [Source]

Tatlow’s report also includes an update on the case of Kim Lee, who won a landmark case against her abusive husband last year and wrote in The New York Times last month about the need for stronger laws.