As part the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre celebrations to mark International Women’s Day, Leta Hong Fincher, author of Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China, will feature in a free lunchtime conversation with Bhakthi Puvanenthiran, Associate Editor of crikey.com.
On the eve of International Women’s Day in 2015, the Chinese government arrested five feminist activists and jailed them for 37 days. The Feminist Five became a global cause célèbre, with Hillary Clinton speaking out on their behalf, and activists inundating social media with messages. But the Feminist Five are only symbols of a much larger feminist movement of university students, civil rights lawyers, labour activists, performance artists and online warriors that is prompting an unprecedented awakening among China’s urban, educated women.
In Betraying Big Brother, journalist and scholar Leta Hong Fincher argues that the popular, broad-based movement poses a unique challenge to China’s authoritarian regime today.
Also marking International Women's Day, Fo(r)reflection is an indoor garden in the Lonsdale Street entrance of the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre. Pop in, take a seat, drink from the cooler and have a break surrounded by plants and sculptures created by Eliza Jane Gilchrist in the former hospital entrance.