Liu Chunxia, a member of the Henan Provincial Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), has called on authorities to provide more female-only public facilities as well as special services for women.
Liu submitted a proposal at the first session of the 13th Henan Provincial People's Congress in the central China province.
In recent years, many cities across the country have mooted similar proposals to offer women-only subway carriages, buses and parking lots to better protect women's rights and interests.
Liu urged authorities to establish more public facilities exclusively for women to meet their special physiological and everyday needs.
"There is a strong social consensus to pay full respect to women and underprivileged groups under the current social condition. It is in sync with international conventions as well," Liu said.
She commented that it can be a painful experience for lactating women to have to breast-feed their babies in public. Moreover, having to groom or fix makeup in public can violate women's privacy and cause psychological stress.
Touching on women's particular demands, Liu said she hoped the local government could accelerate the construction of public service facilities and provide more private spaces.
"No less than 10 square meters of 'female spaces' and basic facilities should be set up in public places such as railway stations, high-speed rail stations, shopping centers, hospitals, public cultural venues, commercial office buildings and tourist attractions," Liu suggested.
"At the same time, relevant departments should set up consistent and eye-catching signs for those special spaces to ensure women's privacy and safety."
The government should lead units and enterprises to grant more privileges to female workers and come up with concrete measures to improve their situation, Liu added.
Establishing such spaces can help to safeguard women and children's legal rights and may heighten people's happiness index, she concluded.
(Source: China News/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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