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    FCCC Speaker Event with WU QING

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    Date(s) - 17/11/2004
    10:00 am - 11:30 am


    Italian Embassy Cultural Office


    2, San Li Tun Dong Er Jie, Beijing, China


    +86 10 8532 7600



    Entrance Fee

    Date: Wednesday, November 17
    Time: 10am – 11.30am
    Place: Italian Cultural Center 2, Sanlitun Dong Er Jie. Enter the street from the East Third Ring Road, just south of Dongzhimenwai and bring ID.

    Join us for a speaking event with Wu Qing, who will share her experiences as a People’s Deputy in Haidian district and the Beijing Municipal People’s Congress. For more than 20 years, she has been speaking out for the rule of law and Chinese women’s place in society.
    The daughter of prominent intellectuals, Wu came of age in the early years of the People’s Republic and studied English at the Beijing Foreign Language Institute, now a university.

    Graduating in 1960, she joined the school’s faculty and became a professor in a career spanning 40 years. In the late 1970s, she became famous as China’s TV English teacher on state television.

    A programme in community leadership at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology led Wu to activism. In 1984, she sought and won a seat in the Haidian District People’s Congress, to represent the university. The following year, she formed the Women’s Studies Forum, one of China’s first non-governmental organisations.

    Through the Forum, Wu began actively to address women’s issues in China. She travelled widely to promote gender awareness and women’s self-improvement and, in 1989, helped launch China’s first university course on feminism.

    With colleagues in Beijing, she set up a hotline to help women confront problems of family planning, childcare, sexual harassment, and divorce. In the countryside, she discovered the appalling plight of China’s rural women, and in 1999, she established a training centre for them to learn livelihood skills.

    Her recent efforts focus on grassroots literacy, micro-credit, gender, and legal training projects. Wu received the 2001 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service.