China's Tianjin Municipality has adopted its Regulations on the Protection of Women's Rights and Interests on November 18 at the local 31st session of the Standing Committee of the 16th National People's Congress (NPC).
The regulations, as China's first provincial-leveled ordinance with local characteristics, will come into force on March 1, 2017. The provisions are specifically elaborated in eight chapters, including women's political rights, economic rights, cultural and educational rights, human rights, as well as rights in marriage and family.
According to the regulations, all members of society are responsible for the protection of women's legitimate rights and interests, with a view to establishing a sound environment conducive to women's development.
In terms of women's participation in decision-making and management, the regulations stipulate that government agencies, social organizations and enterprises should attach great importance to women's political rights and increase their proportion in leadership positions gradually.
In terms of elimination of gender discrimination in employment, employers should guarantee women can enjoy the same labor rights as men, while with the exception of special types of work or posts unsuitable to women, no unit may, in employing staff and workers, refuse to employ women by reason of sex or raise the employment standards for women, said the provisions.
In addition, women's most concerned issues, including breastfeeding leave, the establishment of baby care rooms in large public places, as well as the perfection of systems related to gender equality, are also highlighted in the policy.
(Source: enorth.com.cn / Translated and edited by Gender Study Network)
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