Professor Tan Lin (L), director of the Women's Studies Institute of China (WSIC) under the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), reviews the work report made by Vice President and First Member of the Secretariat of the ACWF Song Xiuyan at the opening ceremony of the 11th National Women's Congress of China on October 28, 2013. [Women of China/Yao Yao]
Social discrimination against women should be eliminated by recognizing the physiological differences between men and women, said Professor Tan Lin, director of the Women's Studies Institute of China (WSIC) under the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF).
Tan made the statement while reviewing the work report presented by Vice President and First Member of the Secretariat of the ACWF Song Xiuyan at the opening ceremony of the 11th National Women's Congress of China on October 28, 2013.
Song stated in the report that people should respect gender differences in order to realize gender equality. The report also stated the importance of gender mainstreaming in policy-making.
"In actual fact, the ACWF has provided many references in pushing for policies benefiting women's development, such as the interest-free small loans policy, free rural cervical and breast cancer screenings policy and policies for fostering high-level women talents," said Tan.
With regards to the latter, Tan stated that women account for nearly 50 percent of employed people but that they tend to hold lower positions than men. To address this, a program has been carried out to study the development paths of women talents and how current policies can better facilitate women's development.
More gender-equality policies are needed to settle social issues, such as social security, land circulation and employment, and these issues should be focused on over the next five years, added Tan.
The 11th National Women's Congress of China, which is expected to draw up a blueprint for the development of Chinese women in the next five years, opened at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 28, 2013.
A total of 1,625 representatives from China's mainland, Hong Kong and Macao attended the opening ceremony. Also in attendance were former ACWF leaders and officials in charge of women's affairs from Beijing and other provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities.
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