Hangzhou City Profile
How does gender equality affect people in a community?
For this investigation I have conducted a survey. I asked one of my classmates who grew up and lives in Hangzhou. I asked some sub-questions which are below. The student I interviewed went to Greentown since primary school and is going to CIS Hong Kong next year. I decided to ask her because I am sure that going from a local Chinese school to a international school like CIS is a big change and I wanted to now if gender equality every affected her while being in Greentown.
Sub - question 1: Has gender equality ever affected you in school?
Sub - question 2: Even though you are not working, based on what you know from parents and friends do you think that gender equality is a problem that is seen in the work place?
What do the people think?
Based on my research I have found out that there are not many problems that have to do with gender equality in the urban areas of Hangzhou, but more in the rural areas. In December, 2013 there was a small protest that consisted of a few women, who were protesting about persistent economic and political discrimination against women in rural China. One of the women was being denied titles to land and housing. "The state compensates the men, but not the women," she said. The women of Hangzhou and China want this to stop. Usually rural women marry away from their homes and move in with their husbands. " Chinese law protects the principles of gender equality and a woman’s right to inheritance and land, but in practice these may be flouted", said a protester. The people want a change they want there to be gender equality so that they have there own rights to land and so that they don't have to give up want they have.
The picture below is of the women forming a human pyramid in front of the Zhejiang Provincial Government office in Hangzhou.
Q1: Has gender equality ever affected you in school?
For me, my answer is yes but only a little bit. Apparently in China, not many females like or are encouraged to do sports, but for me sport is my life. You can always see me doing some sort of sports activity. Most of the time in school the sports only have a boys team so I am and was not very introduced to sports when I was in primary school and now in high school. I am glad to now be in CIS and I am exposed to so much sport.
Q2: Even though you are not working, based on what you know from parents and friends do you think that gender equality is a problem that is seen in the work place?
Yes, even though I want to say no. This is a serious problem in China. 30 years ago there was so much separation between male and female. Men were supposed to be the ones to work for the family and to be the strong ones, while women were he housekeepers and the ones who cooked all the meals. It is now a lot better than before, even though some adults and elders may still have a problem with women wanting there rights.
If I had gotten a male perspective on this issue then I would have had better results in my interview, but to conclude, based on the interview I conducted and the research I made there is a part of the population in Hangzhou who wants to change how the rights of women are distributed including people who are still in school.