China Railway, ACWF Campaign Goes Full Steam Ahead to End Domestic Violence

November 26, 2015
By Yao YaoEditor: Arnold Hou

The All-China Women's Federation and China Railway broadcast a slogan on the message board at the Beijing South Railway Station to call on society to fight against domestic violence. [ACWF Rights Department]

To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) and China Railway broadcast slogans on message boards at nine train stations in Beijing, Shanghai and Guanzhou, calling on society to fight against domestic violence.

The messages were seen by thousands of passers-by as they went about their urban commute through the country's largest inner-city transit stations, which are among the busiest in the world.

Meanwhile, women's federations at different levels across the country also launched various special activities to mark the day.

Women's federations officials publicized the event and highlighted the work carried out in regards to safeguarding women's rights and interests by posting photos, videos and blog entries to accounts on the Twitter-like social media apps Weibo and WeChat.

This year's annual calendar event is particularly timely in China. In late July this year, an executive meeting of China's State Council approved a draft anti-domestic violence law that highlights the prevention of such abuse and combines punishment with social education.

The bill, China's first to specifically combat domestic violence, was originally published by the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council last November in order to solicit public comments.

According to the ACWF, nearly 25 percent of Chinese women have suffered domestic violence in their marriages. A 2010 survey conducted by the ACWF and the National Bureau of Statistics said that around 33 percent of girls and 53 percent of boys polled had received "physical punishment" from their parents in the past year.

A slogan on the message board at Beijing West Railway Station [ACWF Rights Department]

A slogan on the message board at Beijing Railway Station [ACWF Rights Department]

A slogan on the message board at Guangzhou East Railway Station [ACWF Rights Department]
A slogan on the message board at Guangzhou South Railway Station [ACWF Rights Department]
A slogan on the message board Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station. [ACWF Rights Department]
A slogan on the message board at Shanghai South Railway Station. [ACWF Rights Department]
A slogan on the message board at Shanghai Railway Station. [ACWF Rights Department]

(Women of China)

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