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Xiāo Měilì | 肖美丽

Xiao Meili walked 1430 miles, from Beijing to Guangzhou, to protest sexual assault (Youku screenshot)

Xiao Meili (simplified Chinese: 肖美丽; traditional Chinese: 肖美麗; pinyin: Xiào Měilì; born 1989) is a central Chinese women's rights activist and feminist since the 2010s. She was born in Sichuan, China, but most of her activities take place in Guangzhou, China and in Beijing, China, where she lived in 2015. She is mainly known for her campaigns that raise awareness about gender inequality in China and often utilize dramatic means to draw attention. Notable campaigns include the Bald Sisters, Beautiful Feminist Walk, and Armpit Hair Contest. (Wikipedia)

Xiao Meili has played a major role in China’s #MeToo movement, both as an activist and a spokesperson for sexual assault survivors.

Speaking at the Herstory conference in 2021 as part of Chengdu’s Women’s Month, Xiao Meili shared the story of her 2,000km protest walk from Beijing to Guangzhou to raise awareness about sexual assault in 2013. Her speech, eloquent and humorous in equal parts, has been translated by CDT nearly in full.

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