This research was commissioned by the Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in China. During the visit to China in January 2018 by British Prime Minister, the two sides agreed to hold further discussions on how they might cooperate on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). This research in turn identifies how, with a shared commitment to SDG5, the BRI presents an opportunity to explore how China and the UK could work together to map the opportunities to embed gender equality norms through and throughout China’s Belt and Road.

This report was researched and written by: Dr. Lu Haina, Associate professor, Renmin University of China Law School,Secretary-General, Renmin University of China Human Rights Center; Dr. Liang Xiaohui, Deputy Chief Economist, China Textile Information Centre, Chief Researcher, Office for Social Responsibility, China National Textile and Apparel Council; and Ms. Wang Chenping, Assistant Researcher, Renmin University of China Human Rights Center.