CPPCC Member Zhen Yan Talks about Protecting Women's Rights and Interests

  • March 8, 2014
  • By Li Wenjie
  • Editor: Cindy Yang
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CPPCC Member Zhen Yan Talks about Protecting Women's Rights and Interests
Deputy Director of the Subcommittee of Social and Legal Affairs under the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Zhen Yan interviewed in Beijing Conference Center on March 7, 2014. [WomenofChina / Li Wenjie]
Deputy Director of the Subcommittee of Social and Legal Affairs under the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Zhen Yan was interviewed on abolishing of the crime of soliciting underage prostitutes during a group interview held in the Beijing Conference Center on March 7, 2014. Member of the 12th National Committee of the CPPCC and former Vice President and Member of the Secretariat of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) Hong Tianhui presided over the group interview.

"We should abolish the crime of soliciting underage prostitutes and bring in an indictment against suspects for statutory rape. Perpetrators of statutory rape should receive the death penalty. The current prison term for the crime of soliciting underage prostitutes is only five to fifteen years, which gives them a chance to escape the death penalty," said Zhen, who was former vice president and member of the Secretariat of the ACWF. "We hope the law can be revised or improved soon. To safeguard the rights and interests of children is the wish of families and parents," added Zhen.

As for care for 'left-behind women,' Zhen revealed that the All China-Women's Federation (ACWF) had established a 'Home of Women' in many places. Left-behind women from five to seven households form a group. During harvest season, one woman takes care of children for other members of the group. Entertainment activities are organized during the off-season. Relevant activities were launched by governments, women's federations and village committees to care for left-behind women and settle problems for them.

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