In 2005, the government of China identified sexual harassment as a crime, but never clearly defined what that expression meant. The legislature of Jiangsu became the first to spell out exactly what is the meaning of sexual harassment. Its new law states that “sexual harassment of women in the form of spoken and written language, images, electronic information, and bodily gestures is prohibited. Women can now sue if subjected to such behaviors.
China slowly, but surely, is moving forward as a democratic society. It will probably take another decade before it assumes a place in the world as a society in which the rule of law guarantees the rights of people. In a minor incident, last week the first migrant worker ever was elected to a seat in the national legislature.