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Feb 19 2012



On February 19, 2012, the Chinese young feminism leaders, included Maizi Li and Churan Zheng, initiated an activity, "Occupy the Men Bathroom." The protesters occupied the male public restroom and invited the women waiting for the women restroom to use the male one. They raised the paper boards with slogans "Don't let her wait", "The more convenience for women, the more gender equity happens", and other slogans against the irrational gender ratio of the number of restrooms. This activism gained broadly reported by newspapers and then expanded to many other cities in China in the later month.

A half-year later, since the "Occupy the Men Bathroom" activity, on August 20, 2012, 16 girls wear the self-made foam "toilet" and initiated another KANGYI activity in front of the Guangzhou City hall. These girls made a giant board printed with the public letter and read the letter aloud in front of the city hall. Subsequently,the initiators,Jiayang Qu, Maizi Li, and Churan Zheng, were led by administrators into the city hall. They submitted 16 letters to the administrative director to urge the government to execute the restroom rearrangement plan.

In November 2016, according to the Guangzhou Daily, the Guangzhou Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development issued the "Urban Public Toilet Design Standards", increasing the ratio of female toilet seats to male toilet seats in public toilets to 3:2. The flow of people in scenic spots, shopping malls, etc., is relatively high. This area will be implemented from December 1, 2016.

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