Activists Li Maizi, Xiao Yue and Wei Tingting campaign for the protection of victims of domestic violence on Qianmen Street, in downtown Beijing, in 2012. The efforts of these and other champions of women’s rights have helped in part to persuade the government to curb sexual harassment on the subway. Photo: Simon Song
Lijia Zhang
Opinion

Opinion

Lijia Zhang

Sex pests on the subway: China is finally cracking down, thanks to its brave women

Lijia Zhang welcomes the Beijing authorities’ crackdown on gropers on the city’s busy metro – four years after five women were arrested for calling attention to the same problem. The change in the government’s attitude should be attributed to the work of these activists and the #MeToo movement

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Activists Li Maizi, Xiao Yue and Wei Tingting campaign for the protection of victims of domestic violence on Qianmen Street, in downtown Beijing, in 2012. The efforts of these and other champions of women’s rights have helped in part to persuade the government to curb sexual harassment on the subway. Photo: Simon Song
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