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UN Commission on the Status of Women: China

In December 2014, China released its first draft law directed at domestic violence, but the draft law does not help any couples that are unwed, divorced or simply living together.
Source: "China's Anti-Domestic Violence Measure Falls Short, Critics Say" NPR, January 8, 2015

Mission of the Commission on the Status of Women: "The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women... The CSW is instrumental in promoting women's rights, documenting the reality of women's lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women." (Commission on the Status of Women website, "Overview")

Term of office: 2017-2021

China's Record on women's rights:
"The law does not address spousal rape. Migrant female workers were particularly vulnerable to sexual violence... According to reports, at least one-quarter of families suffered from domestic violence, and more than 85 percent of the victims were women... Another survey indicated that at least 40 percent of women, either married or in a relationship, had experienced physical or sexual abuse... A broadly held societal belief was that spousal abuse was acceptable, according to a World Values Survey released in 2015. This led to underreporting, with only 50,000 cases of domestic violence registered each year, on average. Domestic violence against women included verbal and psychological abuse, restrictions on personal freedom, economic control, physical violence, and rape... The government restricted the rights of parents to choose the number of children they have."
(U.S. State Department's Country Report on Human Rights Practices 2015, China)