Hillary Clinton Award | 12/06/2021
Guo Jianmei is a Chinese lawyer and human rights activist. As China’s first public interest lawyer working full-time in legal aid, she introduced the concept of pro bono legal services for marginalized persons in China. Inspired by the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, Guo founded China’s first legal aid clinic, The Center for Women’s Law Studies and Legal Services of Peking University, which continues to protect women’s rights, propose legislation for the government, and publicize the plight of women abused by their husbands, employers or government. Since 1995, she and her teams have offered free legal counseling to more than 120,000 women in China.