Chinese girls have their heads bald shaved to protest against sex discrimination in higher education

Updated:Thu, Aug 30, 2012 23:30 PM   By Bernd Chang

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Four Chinese girls from senior high school in Guangzhou held banners urging Chinese ministry of Education to publicize the special majors for which sex distrimination is allowed in enrolling new students.

On August 30, four high school girl students had their heads bald shaved publicly in Guangzhou to protest against sex discrimination practised by some Chinese universities in enrolling new students, and against inexplicit response of the Chinese ministry of education to this problem.
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August 31, 2012, Guangzhou - Yesterday, four girl students had their heads bald shaved in public under the Wenta Bridge in Guangzhou, capital city of south China's Guangdong Province. They did so to protest against sex discrimination practised by some Chinese universities in higher education enrollment, as well as against inexplicit response of the Chinese ministry of education to this problem. Chinese media reported several cases in July 2012 in which many universities and colleges set different score limits for boy from girl senior middle school students and the score limits for girls are obviously higher than boys.

Also in July 2012, Chinese rights activist Lv Pin, who has long since paid attention to sex equality in national education, and lawer Huang Yizhi submitted a petition to Chinese Ministry of Education asking for transparent information on national higher education. They required the ministry to publicize which majors in which universities are allowed to set sex ratio in enrolling new students and the reasonable reasons. On end of August Chinese Ministry of Education finally responded to the petition that "based on state interests", some majors in some universities have adjusted sex ratio in enrolling new students for some special industries and fields. But the response did not tell the criteria which the "special majors and special industries and fields" are based on, or the relationship between the "state interests" and the reason why some majors limit enrollment of girls.

Ouyang Le, one of the girl organizers of the protest, is a graduating senior high school student. She failed to be enrolled in International Relationship College because the score she achieved in the National Higher Education Entrance Examination is lower than the score limit of the college for girls though is definitely higher than the limit for boy students. Ouyang Le thinks it is unfair that some foreign languages universities set higher score requirement for girl students.

The participants of the protest claim the response of the Chinese Ministry of Education is not to the point and almost amounts to no reply. They urged the ministry to explicitly publicize which majors in which universities and academies based on which criteria are permitted to refuse to recruit girls or set higher requirements for girl students.

 

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