Traditionally, between the active women in China, there was not much coherence. But since this Spring, partly caused by the government crackdown on feminists, things are changing, Beijing-based author Zhang Lijia tells the BBC.
The detentions and subsequent release of the Feminist Five have also resulted in positive changes for the women’s movement in China.
According to Beijing based writer and commentator Zhang Lijia, the movement has become more cohesive since the Spring.
“Before there were different pockets of women activists. For example, those working on LGBT issues, or promoting gender equality.
There were some connections among the associations, of course, but that hadn’t worked together. Now they have a common enemy in some sense,” she explains.
“One thing I know for certain is that those detentions may have deterred some people, but more likely that most people just become more careful and more aware of the dangers they are facing,” Ms Zhang continues.
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