The government of east China's Shanghai recently published new guidelines designed to address the issue of long waiting times for female toilets in the city, according to the local women's federation.
The measures are detailed in the Opinions on Establishing Gender Equality Consulting and Evaluation Mechanism of Laws, Regulations and Policies. The guidelines also aim to promote gender equality awareness among officials, and encourage them to respect gender differences in their duties.
It is hoped that developments can be made the process of formulating, amending and implementing local laws and rules, safeguarding women's rights and interests and amending normative documents that are detrimental to harmonious development between the sexes, according to a statement.
In particular, the opinion focuses on the "long queuing time" for ladies' WCs despite the many ongoing achievements in the construction and management of public toilets in the coastal metropolis.
Since last year, Shanghai Greening Administration and Shanghai Construction Committee, as the first two pilot units, have carried out assessments of gender equality consciousness in their Municipal Public Toilet Arrangements and Design Standards.
Specifically, local authorities intend to increase the female-male ratio of toilet cubicles from 1:1 to 1.5:1 in old towns, transformation regions and new residential areas.
In the most densely populated areas such as hospitals, major commercial, cultural and transport hubs, the number of women's toilet stalls is supposed to be at least two to three times as many as those for men.
(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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