Shanghai Women's Federation (SWF) will make proposals at the local "Two Sessions" meetings to accelerate the construction of mother-and-child service facilities in the city, according to a recent announcement.
The "Two Sessions" refers to the annual meetings of the National People's Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
Li Rong, vice-chairman of SWF, said that since the implementation of China's universal two-child policy in 2015, demand for mother-and-child facilities has substantially increased.
"To show respect and care for those from such disadvantaged groups, the authorities must make policies to provide sufficient and properly managed baby care rooms," added Li.
The construction of mother-and-child facilities in Shanghai is subject to three problems, namely: unbalanced coverage, low usage rate and insufficient equipment – according to the findings from an investigation by SWF, Shanghai Working Committee on Children and Women, the development research center of the municipal government and Fudan University.
SWF is scheduled to submit a special proposal calling for the municipal government to draw up relevant documents, gradually improve and promote construction of facilities and make the measures an index of ethical standards.
In addition, the federation plans to propose amendments to Shanghai's marriage registration system, aiming to explicitly clarify how a couple's debt should be divided after they divorce or split up, and to extend paternity leave to 15 days.
(Source: cnwomen.com.cn/Translated and edited by Women of China)