Stage Drama 'Her Sadness' Debuts in Beijing

September 14, 2016
Editor: Yang Yang
Stage Drama 'Her Sadness' Debuts in Beijing
The world premiere of the stage drama "Her Sadness" and the opening ceremony of the "Justice4Her" charity project took place on September 8, with a view to raising public awareness of gender-based violence. [Huanqiu.com] 

 

The world premiere of the stage drama "Her Sadness" and the opening ceremony of the "Justice4Her" charity project took place on September 8, with a view to raising public awareness of gender-based violence.  

Adapted from a real life case, "Her Sadness" tells the story of a female domestic worker who has long suffered from family violence. The organizer RNW Media, a Holland-based media organization, hoped to raise public concern on the issue of gender-based violence, hoping to work towards stopping the violence. 

Li Yinhe, an expert in gender studies, expected more victims to break the silence and pick up legal weapons to protect themselves. Li said that the drama successfully explained a lot of questions that had haunted audiences for a long while, including "what is a gender-based violence?" "why does the victim not just choose to leave her home?" and "what will the victim experience if she chooses to leave home?".

In addition, the expert also emphasized that anti-gender violence is not a fight against men. Instead, it is a battle that men and women should make joint efforts to fight against perpetrators. 

Julia Broussard, Country Programme Manager of the UN Women China, said that similar to the heroine in the drama, many women who suffer violence try to leave their homes, but fail. "We need to make sure that all women are able to seek help and shelter when required, especially for those migrant or rural women", she added.  

The official highly appreciated RNW Media for their efforts at the event, whilst at the same time, she also encouraged more Chinese, especially Chinese men to participate in the "HeForShe" campaign, a solidarity movement for gender equality initiated by UN Women in 2014. 

At the conference, ten male representatives and students from the group of Change Makers at Beijing Normal University and Beijing Royal School vowed to set examples and be gender-friendly men in their daily lives. Some victims shared their own stories and revealed damages to women in domestic violence. Scholar Nan Chuxin pointed out some gender discrimination issues in news reports, and also put forward effective suggestions to solve these problems. 

As China's first Law on Anti-Domestic Violence was enacted in March, the government has begun to encourage all members of society to contribute their own efforts to solve the problems of gender violence. The "Justice4Her" charity project was born at this historic moment, with a view to creating a more friendly environment for migrant female workers and other vulnerable female groups. 

(Source: huanqiu.com / Translated and edited by Gender Study Network)

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