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Confronting Discrimination and Inequality in China

Errol P. Mendes
Sakunthala Srighanthan

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1Barbara Clow:

2Barbara Clow is Executive Director of the Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health and Associate Professor Research in the Faculty of Health Professions at Dalhousie University, Halifax. In the past ten years, Dr. Clow has pursued a program of research, publication and policy work on diverse aspects of women’s health, such as the gendered dimensions of health care reform in Canada; health implications for low income, immigrant, homeless, rural and African Canadian women; the role of gender in the HIV/AIDS pandemic; issues related to reproductive health; and the impact of women’s unpaid caregiving work. She has a Ph.D. in the history of medicine from the University of Toronto.

3Wenran Jiang:

4Wenran Jiang is Associate Professor of Political Science and the founding Director of the China Institute at the University of Alberta. He is a Senior Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and a Working Group member of the Canadian International Council’s Canada-China relations program. He has organized a number of major conferences on Canada-China relations. Dr. Jiang has written extensively on Chinese politics and foreign relations and his op-ed articles and comments appear regularly in Canadian and international newspapers.

5Errol P. Mendes:

6Errol P. Mendes is a lawyer, author, professor and has been an advisor to corporations, governments, civil society groups and the United Nations. His teaching, research and consulting interests include public and private sector governance, conflict resolution, global governance, international business and trade law, constitutional law, international law (including anti-terrorism laws and policies) and human rights law and policy. He has been a project leader for conflict resolution, governance and justice projects in China, Thailand, Indonesia, Brazil, El Salvador and Sri Lanka. Since 1979 Professor Mendes has taught at law faculties across the country, including at the University of Alberta, the University of Western Ontario, and, since 1992, at the University of Ottawa.

7David Patterson:

8David Patterson is a legal consultant, based in Montreal. He holds an LL.M. degree (human rights) from McGill University and a M.Sc. (public policy and management) from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies. In 1993 he was a founding member of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. Since 1994 he has specialized in legal and policy responses to HIV in developing countries, working with the UNDP, UNAIDS and other agencies. He was the Director of the Legal Networks International Program in 2001-2003 and initiated and managed programs to support legal responses to HIV in East Africa and the Caribbean. From 2004-2008 he was Team Leader for Policy for the Canada South East Asia Regional HIV/AIDS Programme, focusing on HIV and migration in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. His first visit to China was in 1982, when he taught English for several months at the Hangzhou Electronic Engineering Institute. In 2007 he returned to Kunming at the invitation of the International Development Law Organization for the first workshop in China on HIV for practicing lawyers, law teachers and law students.

9Colleen Sheppard:

10Colleen Sheppard teaches at the Faculty of Law of McGill University. She is also the Research Director for the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. Her teaching and research focus on Canadian and comparative constitutional law, equality rights and feminist legal theory. Professor Sheppard completed her Honours B.A. and LL.B. degrees at the University of Toronto and her LL.M. at Harvard Law School. Prior to commencing her teaching career, she worked as a law clerk with former Chief Justice Brian Dickson of the Supreme Court of Canada. Colleen Sheppard has also been active in public interest work. She served as a Commissioner on the Quebec Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission from 1991-1996 and has been a consultant with the federal Department of Justice, the National Judicial Institute, the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the Ontario Métis Aboriginal Association and the International Labour Organization.

11Scott Simon:

12Scott Simon is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Ottawa. He has been working on the Canada-China International Human Rights Implementation Project of the University of Ottawa and Peking University since 2005, with a focus on minority rights. A specialist in the anthropology of development, he is author of Sweet and Sour: Life Worlds of Taipei Women Entrepreneurs (2003) and Tanners of Taiwan: Life Strategies and National Culture (2005), as well as numerous book chapters and articles. Since 2004, he has been conducting research on development and human rights for the indigenous peoples of Taiwan, where he works with the hunters of the Taroko Nation. He is currently writing a book on that subject.

13Linda Snyder:

14Linda Snyder is the Knowledge Exchange Manager at the Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (ACEWH). She has coordinated projects related to social and economic inclusion and exclusion, lone mothers and farm family health and a range of research and policy projects that focus on knowledge brokering, social justice and women’s health and well-being. Linda has more than 25 years of experience with international non-governmental organizations, both overseas and in Canada.


15Chen Lanyan (Lanyan Chen):

16Lanyan Chen was the Gender Advisor for Northeast Asia appointed by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) from 1998-2003. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology (with an emphasis on political economy) from the University of British Columbia. She taught gender and international development and gender in family and organizations at the University of Victoria for many years before joining UNIFEM. She has published research on poverty alleviation and women’s cooperatives in China. Her research on healthcare policy reforms and HIV/AIDS in China has been published by the journal Feminist Economics in two special issues: one on Gender, China and the WTO in July 2007 and another on Sexuality, HIV/AIDS and Economic Development in September 2008. Her recent book, Gender and Chinese Development: Towards an Equitable Society, has been included in the book series of the International Association for Feminist Economics. She is now a Professor and Foreign Expert at the Institute of Gender and Social Development at the Tianjin Normal University of China.

17Cui Chuanyi:

18Cui Chuanyi received his Bachelor’s in International Politics from Fudan University, Shanghai. Cui worked for eleven years in Chu County, Anhui Province, participating in agricultural reforms, after which he worked in the General Office of Anhui Province and at the Country Policy Research Centre of the Chinese Communist Party. Presently, he is a researcher in the Country Economy Department of the Development Research Centre of the State Council and an Associate Secretary-General at the Institute for Country Labour Force Development. His research focuses on the areas of agricultural management systems, wholesale markets, agricultural protectionism and revolutions in agricultural technology. Since 1993, he has devoted himself to researching the movement of the rural labour force. Cui has published dozens of papers and a book, The Migration of Chinese Peasants: Institutional Innovation for Farmer’s Employment and Citizenry. He is also the co-author of Reforms of Chinese Counties and Cities, Employment of Peasants and China’s Modernization, Out of Duality: Research on Peasants’ Employment and Business Starting, as well as numerous other chapters and articles. Cui has been awarded the National Award for Development Research as well as the National Award for Technology Advancement in recognition of his outstanding research.

19Cui Xiaoli:

20Cui Xiaoli received his undergraduate education at the Beijing Foreign Language Institute in English. Following graduation, he worked at the Beijing Capital Airport until 1980, following which he studied at the Beijing Agriculture University (now the China Agriculture University) for three years and obtained a Master’s. He then worked as an editor at the Agricultural Public House for six months, after which he was appointed Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture of the Peoples Republic of China, a position he held for more than a year and a half. From 1985-1990, he worked in the Rural Development Research Centre of the State Council as a research member; he then went to the Development Research Centre of the State Council to be a Division Director until 1998. In 1997, Cui became a Senior Researcher. The main focus of his research is the relationship between rural and urban development. Over the last fifteen years he has published no fewer than 50 reports and essays.

21Ding Suqin:

22Ding Suqin holds a Bachelor’s in preventive medicine from the Soochow University (2005) and a Master’s in child and adolescent health from Peking University (2008). Her research interests are focused on child and adolescent development and health education on HIV/AIDS in schools.

23Gong Renren:

24Gong Renren has been Director of the Research Centre for Human Rights at Peking University Law School since 1997. He holds a Doctorate of Laws from Hokkaido University in Japan. He has taught at the Peking University Law School since 1988, becoming a Professor in 1993. He was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University Law School in 1995, a Visiting Professor at Kyoto University Law Faculty in 1997, and a Visiting Professor at the Kyushu University Law Faculty from 2005-2006. His publications include Perspective of Japanese Judicial System (1993) and A Comparative Study of State Immunity (1994). He has contributed to numerous publications concerned with human rights.

25Lai Xiaole:

26Lai Xiaole is a Lecturer in Sociology at the College of Shenzhen.

27Liang Jianguo:

28Liang Jianguo is a Senior Researcher in the Department of Rights and Interests of the All-China Women’s Federation. Liang’s experience working for the All-China Women’s Federation include successive posts at the General Office, the National Working Committee on Children and Women under the State Council, and the Department of Rights and Interests. During her tenure with the Federation, she participated in the drafting, publishing, and implementation of the National Program for Women’s Development. She has served as a coordinator between the central leadership of the Communist Party of China and various departments of the State Council. For the past thirteen years she has dedicated herself to protecting women’s rights through the revision of several laws and policies.

29Ma Yinghua:

30Ma Yinghua is Deputy Director at the Institute of Child and Adolescent Health at the Peking University. In addition, she is an Associate Professor, a part-time consultant for the UNICEF Office for China on life skills and education, a Councilor for the Ministry of Education’s National Teacher Training Centre for AIDS Education, the National Program Consultant for the Children and Youth Science Centre, a member of the Experts Committee of the China Children’s and Teenagers’ Safety-Health Growth Plan, and a Councilor for the Association of Smoke and Health. Ma’s research focuses on health education in school, with a particular focus on education for AIDS prevention and life skills development. As a core research member, she has participated in developing the Thematic Education Guidelines for HIV/AIDS Prevention Education for Primary and Secondary School Students of the Ministry of Education and has conducted research for the Thematic Education Wall Map for HIV/AIDS Prevention Education. She is also the chief editor for several teaching materials on AIDS prevention, and has published several academic papers about school health education on AIDS prevention and life skill education in national journals.

31Qin Mingrui:

32Qin Mingrui obtained his Ph.D. in 1992 from the University of Tübingen, Germany. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Sociology at Peking University.

33Wang Chao:

34Wang Chao graduated from the Department of Public Health, Peking University in 1981 with a Doctor of Medicine degree. Her major research focus has been on HIV/AIDS and health education in schools.

35Wang Keqin:

36Wang Keqin is Chief Reporter for the China Economic Times. He is also a Visiting Scholar at Hong Kong University and supervisor of graduate studies at the China Youth University for Political Sciences.

37Wang Xinan:

38Wang Xinan graduated from the Law School of Peking University in 2005 with a Master’s of International Law. Wang has substantial working experience in local court and government. He is presently the managing partner of the Guangda Law Firm in Beijing.

39Wang Zhijiang:

40Wang Zhijiang holds a Master of Laws and is a Director at the Association for Research on Social Law of the China Law Society. He is currently serving in the Laws and Regulations Section under the Department of Rights Protection of the Chinas Disabled Persons’ Association. Wang has devoted his research efforts to bankruptcy law, law of procedures and legal protection of disabled persons. He has participated in the formulation and passage of several laws. Through his work in the formulation and revision of laws, including the Law on the Protection of Disabled Persons and the Civil Servant Law, he has actively contributed towards safeguarding the rights and interests of disabled persons. Wang was a member of the Chinese delegation to the United Nations Ad Hoc Committee on the Convention on Persons with Disabilities, participating in the discussions and negotiations that led to the Committees recommendations. He has also translated several books on topics including bankruptcy, the rights of disabled persons and the economics of civil procedures.

41Xu Weihua:

42Xu Weihua was formerly Senior Research Coordinator at the Department of Rights and Interests of the All-China Women’s Federation. She is currently serving as Vice-President of the Centre for Public Policy Studies and Legal Services at the University of Science and Technology, Beijing. For more than twenty years she has committed herself to safeguarding the rights and interests of women and children. She has participated in the drafting, formulation and revision of several laws, regulations and related policies in order to protect the rights of women, and handled hundreds of cases involving the violations of the rights of women and children. Xu has also served with several professional organizations, including as Secretary-General of the Sorority of Chinese Lawyers, Director of the Association of Women Lawyers, Standing Director of the Association for Research on Marriage Law, Counselor at the Beijing Association of Mental Health, as well as an elected Deputy to the People’s Congress of Dongcheng District, Beijing. In 2003, Xu became Vice-President of the Anti-Domestic Violence Network. In early 2005, she was retained as Vice-President of the Centre for Women’s Law and Legal Services of Peking University. In addition to performing her other duties, Xu has handled several high profile cases, through which she has gained invaluable insight for her theoretical research on legal and social issues.

43Yuan Mengyao:

44Yuan Mengyao holds a Bachelor’s in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Her research interests are focused on health development of school adolescents. In 2006 she was nominated to be the “Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS” Youth Ambassador for UNICEF and the Youth League.

45Zhang Yulin:

46Zhang Yulin holds a Doctorate in Agricultural Economics from the Graduate School of Agriculture at Kyoto University. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Sociology at Nanjing University. Zhang has also worked as a journalist for the Chinese Xinhua Daily from 1985-1992.

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