|The Women's Studies Institute of China (WSIC) held a seminar to discuss Chinese women's social status and their development issues in Beijing from November 30 to December 1. [WSIC/Yang Rui]|
The Women's Studies Institute of China (WSIC) held a seminar to discuss Chinese women's social status and their development issues in Beijing from November 30 to December 1.
Co-organizers also included the Institute of Population and Labor Economics of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Population Development Studies Center of Renmin University of China.
Themed "Chinese Women's Social Status from Diversified Perspectives", the conference centered on topics including women's promotion and salary change in the labor market, household division of labor, gender concepts, wish to give birth and relationships between marriage, family and women's career and their incomes. Focuses are put on groups of women from new social classes, female entrepreneurs, female migrant workers and elderly women.
Hot issues such as the influence of the universal two-child policy on women's child-bearing willingness aroused great attention from the participants.
Organizers also opened a special subject on the theory and method of women's social status surveys to summarize and reflect on the data and methods for the past three phases of surveys, with a view to laying a solid foundation for the fourth survey of Chinese women's social status, which will be officially launched in 2018.
The socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, requiring the survey to adhere to people-centered thought, always keep women's needs in mind and try to satisfy women's anticipation; strengthen research on major practical issues closely related to women's development of education, employment, social security, health and poverty alleviation; focus on poverty-stricken females, women with disabilities, elderly women and "left-behind" children and women, as well as other special groups with difficulties, so as to promote the development of women and the implementation of the basic State policy of gender equality.
Some 100 experts and scholars from universities, research institutes and women's federations across the country attended the seminar.
(Source: Women's Studies Institute of China / Translated and edited by Women of China)