Delegates Discuss Equal Employment Opportunities for Women at 12th NWC


Some 1,659 delegates from across China participated in the 12th National Women's Congress from October 30-November 2 in Beijing, where they discussed issues such as how to guarantee equal employment opportunities for women under the two-child policy.

Dai Yun, president of Tianjin Women's Federation, north China, said the federation has been carrying out accountability mechanism actively across the region, up till now, 11 different cases of suspected gender discrimination by employers have been corrected, involving 87 positions in 41 departments in Tianjin.

According to Dai, the city will further promote its accountability mechanism to ensure women's equal right to employment.

Wu Xiaoyan, director of the Women and Children's Health Center in the Beichen District of the city, commented that employers should adopt more humane measures to benefit expectant mothers, instead of imposing restrictions on their pregnancies. She also hoped that companies can set up nursing rooms and provide breastfeeding breaks for women.

Zong Ping, director of the Department of Female Workers at Jiangsu Municipal Federation of Trade Unions in east China, said the province recently issued its Special Provisions on Labor Protection for Women Workers, which stipulates the law and regulations regarding early pregnancy protection and pregnancy protection.

According to the report The Basic Situation of Chinese Women and the Main Work of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), the proportion of female employees in China in 2016 stood at 43.1 percent.

Moreover, female entrepreneurs accounted for about a quarter of the total number of entrepreneurs; and, women who started businesses online made up around 55 percent.

At the meeting, many female entrepreneur representatives expressed their own views on guaranteeing women's equal employment in the context of the two-child policy.

In light of this, Tan Lixia, executive vice-president of an electrical device company Haier Group Corporation and president of east China's Shandong Women Entrepreneurs Association, said it is fundamental for enterprises to carry out institutional guarantees.

She also suggested that institutional constraints should be made on the employment and wages of employees rather than arbitrary changes based on human factors.

Zhang Yuwei, president of El Pont Radiation Technology Company in Wuxi, Jiangsu, and vice-president of local Huishan Women's Federation, said that there is invisible discrimination against women employees. She suggested companies that are reluctant to recruit female employees because they may want to have a second child should fully consider the problem from various perspectives.

(Source: Translated and edited by Women of China)