I hope the Chinese government can promote gender equality | China/Canada

Audio recording by Amy

Hi, my name is Amy. I am currently in Grade 10. I will give you a little background information about me: I have lived in China for around half of my life, then I moved to Canada when I was 8. So I guess you could say that I have a good understanding of both countries. I have learnt that Canada is very open-minded about all subjects and especially since Justin Trudeau is now our prime minister (he is a part of the liberal party, which is known to be very free and open when compared to the conservatory party). Plus, I am currently studying in an all girls school, so both these factors have taught me about the importance of equality between men and women and LGBT+ rights.

Both these factors are quite controversial, and people from different areas of the world holds different opinions. For me I am a feminist and I believe that men and women should be talked about on equal terms. I’ve found that China when compared to Canada, is lacking in the government’s understanding of gender equality, which is something I hope China will be able to overcome and fix. I know that LGBT is a very sensitive topic in China and the government views it in a negative way and keeps the topic hidden and unspoken of. Whereas Canada established the same-sex marriage law in 2005. I think because of how the Chinese Government is viewing these topics, this impacts the perspective of the citizens. I would like to end off in a quote about differences by Audre Lorde, who was an American writer, feminist, and civil rights activists. “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”

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