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Li Tingting

Li Tingting

HRD, Feminist
NYT Report

Year After Detentions, Chinese Feminists Mark Setbacks and Progress

2015 Foreign Policy Global Thinkers Top 100

For Sticking It To The Communists

Our struggle has yet to succeed, and there is still hard work ahead. I will continue to fight for my innocence and freedom, and I will keep up the pursuit of justice. My belief in feminism has become only stronger after this episode.

Li Tingting, also known as Li Maizi, is a feminist and women's rights activist who has campaigned against all sorts of gender discrimination in China for a number of years. She rose to national prominence in 2012 when she launched a 'bloody brides' campaign against domestic violence in which she and a group of other HRDs marched down a Beijing street in wedding dresses spattered in fake blood. Before her detention in 2015, she worked on the LGBTI programme at the Beijing-based NGO Yirenping


Chinese HRDs face intimidation, harassment, house arrest, abductions, torture and imprisonment. They also work under very restrictive legislation, including laws which criminalize all unauthorized demonstrations and require government sponsorship for NGO registration, which is refused to any organisation touching on human rights issues.