Gender Equality and Women's Development in China

September 23, 2015  Editor: Eileen Cheng

Gender Equality and Women's Development in China

The State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China

September 2015, Beijing

Contents

Foreword 1

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

Conclusion 29

Foreword

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.

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