Gender Equality and Women's Development in China
The State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China
September 2015, Beijing
I. The Institutional Foundation for Gender Equality and Women's Development 2
II. Women and the Economy 5
III. Women and Education 10
IV. Women and Health 13
V. Women and Decision Making 16
VI. Women and the Environment 19
VII. Legal Guarantees for Gender Equality and Women's Development 22
VIII. International Exchanges and Cooperation in Gender Equality and Women's Development 26
Gender equality and women' s development is a lasting theme of mankind' s pursuit of equality and justice, a scale for measuring social progress and an important goal in realizing sustainable development in our world.
China has always upheld the constitutional principle of equality between men and women, which is also a basic state policy for promoting progress in the country and in society. Over the years China has progressively improved its laws and regulations, developed public policies, worked out development plans and pressed forward steadily with gender equality and women's development.
Twenty years ago, the UN' s Fourth World Conference on Women was held in Beijing. On its anniversary two decades later, the Chinese government is publishing this white paper to provide a comprehensive overview of China' s policies on gender equality and women' s development, as well as unremitting efforts made and measures implemented in this regard.
Chinese women make up one fifth of the world' s total female population. Gender equality and women' s development in China not only give expression to China' s own progress, but also constitute a historical contribution made to global equality, development and peace.