Zheng Churan

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Zheng Churan (born c.1989) is a Chinese women's rights activist and feminist. Together with four other activists, she was detained, in March 2015, shortly before events planned for International Women's Day.[1] In November 2016, she became one of the BBC's 100 Women 2016.[2]


In 2015, she and four other activists (Wei Tingting, Wang Man, Wu Rongrong, and Li Tingting, collectively known as the "Gang of Five")[3] were detained by the Chinese government just prior to International Women's Day, the day they planned to execute a campaign against sexual harassment on public transportation.[4] All five women were released a few days later.[5] Had they been convicted, the women could have faced up to three years in prison for "creating a disturbance".[6]

The BBC highlights Zheng's contributions to organizing events, her support for women's rights, and for LGBT. She is also reported to have fought for women to be given menstrual leave.[2]

In December 2016, Zheng wrote an open letter to Donald Trump warning him to avoid sexist behaviour in the future.[7]


  1. ^ "China releases 5 female activists". CNN. 14 April 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b "BBC 100 Women 2016: Who is on the list?". BBC. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  3. ^ Murdoch, Scott (May 6, 2015). "Wei Tingting vows to continue protests in China". The Australian. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  4. ^ Jiang, Steven (April 14, 2015). "Released Chinese feminists: Out of jail but not free". CNN. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  5. ^ Jacobs, Andrew (April 5, 2015). "Taking Feminist Battle to China's Streets, and Landing in Jail". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Chinese police release feminist activists". The Guardian. April 13, 2015. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Chinese activist Zheng Churan: 'Hey Trump, feminists are watching you"". BBC News. 15 December 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016.