Wu Qing, Lecturer
Wu Qing is a human rights activist and award-winning professor in China. Professor Wu taught English, women’s studies, and American studies for four decades at Beijing Foreign Studies University. Professor Wu is known as a fearless, grassroots-level advocate for Chinese women’s participation in education and politics. She served seven terms as an elected legislator of the Haidian District People’s Congress. For nearly 20 years, she was also elected to serve on the Beijing Municipal People’s Congress. From 1989-2011, she worked with the Canadian International Development Agency to empower women in poor and remote areas with literacy, microcredit, and legal training projects. In order to teach literacy and job skills to girls and women in rural China, Professor Wu founded the Rural Women Training School in Beijing.
Professor Wu has received international recognition for her extensive public service. In recognizing her contribution in the fields of Chinese women’s rights and rule of law in China, the Philippine government awarded her the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service in 2001 (regarded as the Nobel Prize of Asia). She was nominated to be a member of Asia Development Bank’s External Forum on Gender and Development from 2001 to 2008. She received the Canadian Governor General’s Medallion for her dedication to women’s rights in China in October 2013.