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Themes - Gender

In 2017, China ranked 86 out of 188 countries on the United Nations Development Programme's Gender Inequality Index, which is a great indicator of the somewhat mixed picture of the gender inequality landscape in China. While men and women in China legally enjoy the same rights, the culture dating back from before the establishment of the People’s Republic of China still greatly affects the gender roles and social stigma experienced in today’s China, where real equality is something we might not see until many years down the road.

ThinkChina has gathered a thematic group on gender in China that work on various activities related to this theme. The thematic group specifically:

  • Provides a forum for academic exchange between scholars engaged in research on gender/China
  • Provides knowledge on gender/China to the media and society at large
  • Facilitates links to gender studies scholars in China
  • Organizes ChinaTalks on gender/China
  • Works with the Sino-Nordic Gender Studies Network


Current Thematic Group members include:

  • Michala Hvidt Breengaard, Department of Sociology
  • Hilda Rømer Christensen, Department of Sociology
  • Maj Corlin, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
  • Cecilia Milwertz, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Department of Political Science
  • Hanne Petersen, JUR Centre for European and Comparative Legal Studies
  • Johanna Hood, International Development Studies, Roskilde University

Download: Introduction to ThinkChina Topic Group on Gender

Please see our selection of related information and material on Gender in China below. 
The views expressed in these do not necessarily represent the views of ThinkChina or the University of Copenhagen.