Criminal Sexual Harassment Case Won in China
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 3:04 PM

An April 2009 article written by Megan Shank and published in Ms. Magazine documents the increased occurrence of sexual harassment in China. Almost half of China’s workforce is comprised of women, one third of whom have suffered from workplace sexual harassment. Shank's article explains that many women do not take legal action for various reasons.


However, in July 2008, Chen Dan, a resident of Sichaun, China, became the first woman to win a sexual harassment case on criminal grounds under the 2005 amendment to the Law of the People’s Republic of China on the Protection of Rights and Interests of Women. According to the article, many Chinese companies have inadequate policies and training methods addressing sexual harassment and place blame on the abstract and intangible definitions provided by local governments.


Many organizations, including the Women's Legal Aid Center at Peking University, have begun to help companies define, develop and implement sexual harassment policies, hoping to provide a more accessible and reliable system for victims of sexual harassment.


To read the complete article, click here.


Comiled from: Shank, Megan, "No Longer Silent: China's 330 million women workers", Ms. Magazine. Winter 2009.