Justice4Her is a cross-sector, multi-stakeholder project that seeks to strengthen the rule of law and reduce gender-based violence (GBV) towards women migrant workers in China.
Diverse online channels and offline activities aim to raise awareness of the issues, inform this vulnerable target group of their rights, amplify their voices and support their access to justice.
Vulnerable to violence
China has around 230 million rural migrant workers. Nearly one-third of these are women, and they are particularly vulnerable to exploitation by employers and local officials.
A study from the All-China Women’s Federation showed that sexual harassment and abuse of women migrant workers occurs frequently, and in recent studies 13.5% of women migrant workers say they are targets of GBV.
In 2018, Justice4Her partnered with the School of Social Development and Public Policy, Beijing Normal University, for a research study on Migrant Women in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. The research used quantitative and qualitative methodologies- 1530 women migrant workers were surveyed and 13 women migrant workers were interviewed.
The research revealed that 37.2% of women migrants had been sexually harassed in the workplace. Migrant women who worked part-time or changed jobs often were more vulnerable to harassment.