søndag 17. april 2022

The American Fighting for the Future of Women’s Rights in China

Kim Lee thought her days as a leader of China’s feminist movement were over. Now, she’s facing arguably the most important fight of her life. Eleven years ago, the American became a hero to women across China when she took to Weibo, China’s Twitter-like social platform, and accused her then-husband Li Yang of domestic violence.

The post, which included photos of Lee’s bruised and bloodied face, shocked the nation. Lee was one of the first women in China ever to speak publicly about her experience of abuse. And her husband was no ordinary figure: Li Yang is a household name in China, the founder of a wildly successful English teaching company called Crazy English. He regularly gives lectures to stadiums packed with thousands of devoted fans.

Lee’s case proved to be a watershed moment. Over the following years, more survivors began to speak out. Pressure grew on Chinese policymakers to take action on domestic violence.