This year’s March 8 United Nations International Women’s Day theme was “.” Over time, the holiday for women—which has been celebrated in China as a half-day holiday —has been as a day to hit the shops. In previous years, Chinese women have used the day to protest the closure of and , or pushed back against the holiday being minimized as or commodified into “fests” such as
This year, two high-profile cases of trafficking and spousal abuse in and have galvanized Chinese women to draw attention to the of the abduction and trafficking of women and girls. Although social media censorship of 2022 Women’s Day posts has been particularly intense, with images and articles sometimes disappearing within minutes of being posted, there has been an outpouring of , , , careful , and entreaties to .
CDT’s 2022 Women’s Day coverage includes a round-up of the ways that Chinese citizens are the authorities to take trafficking seriously, an analysis of recent , and a translation of (Number six: “Don’t ask stupid questions like, “Why is there a Women’s Day, but not a Men’s Day?”)
Below is the first part in our series featuring the posters, banners, collages, and other artwork created by Chinese women to celebrate International Women’s Day 2022, and to continue drawing attention to cases of abused and trafficked women. Compiled by Project Light, dedicated to telling women’s stories, :
With translation by Joseph Brouwer.