Female CPPCC Members Respond to Journalists' Questions on Women's Issues

March 16, 2015
By Fan Wenjun and Li WenjieEditor: Kiki Liu

Female members of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) gave an interview to reporters and answered questions about the country's recent legislative proposals in Beijing on March 11.

Zhen Yan

Vice-Chairperson of the Committee of Social and Legal Affairs under the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Zhen Yan gives her opinion about the policies on promoting women's participation on the labor market and increasing the female employment rate while eliminating gender discrimination and prejudice. [Women of China / Fan Wenjun]

Zhen Yan, vice-chairperson of the CPPCC's Committee of Social and Legal Affairs, gave her opinion about the policies of promoting women's participation in the labor market and increasing female employment rates, whilst eliminating gender discrimination and prejudice.

Zhen pointed out that 86.6 percent of female graduates suffered from gender discrimination while seeking a job, according to a survey released by the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), conducted in several universities across three provinces and municipalities in China. Zhen indicated that gender discrimination not only harms women's rights and interests but also often leads to psychological stress or disorder towards employment. Moreover, it also reflected negatively on the policy advocated by the Chinese government on gender equality.

Therefore, Zhen suggested that it was necessary to step up measures to promote gender equality on the labor market. Besides, Zhen called for more women to utilize the law to protect their rights and interests if necessary. That meant women should be more aware of promoting gender equality.

"The ACWF is committed to ending the crime of soliciting underage prostitution and tackling domestic violence," continued Zhen.

In January 2014, two men from Qionglai, a city in southwest China's Sichuan Province, were put behind bars after being tried and found guilty of raping a 13-year-old girl whilst soliciting underage prostitution. The landmark case of being committed for rape instead of solicitation protects the minor's reputation from being destroyed because the crime of soliciting child prostitution would have otherwise branded the child as a prostitute.

As for the issue of anti-domestic violence, officials have drawn opinion from the public and a draft report had recently been laid down. Some new rules and regulations were written into the "Opinions on the Handling of Criminal Cases of Domestic Violence in Accordance with the Law" guidelines, such as protecting a girl who had cohabited with a man without being married while suffering from domestic violence.

Cui Yu

Vice-President and Member of the Secretariat of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) Cui Yu discusses farmers' rights, especially for women in China's rural areas and appeals to China's government and society to better protect ther interests, at the interview on March 11. [Women of China / Fan Wenjun]

Vice-President and Member of the Secretariat of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) Cui Yu spoke about farmers at the press interview, especially women in China's rural areas. She appealed to the government and society to better protect their rights and interests.

Cui explained that the government had given substantial financial support to the development of rural women's careers while extending small secured loans for women to the tune of 204.4 billion yuan (U.S. $32.6 billion). Besides, many pro-women campaigns and anti-poverty programs were launched in the past years with the aim of helping rural women develop life skills, which has benefited almost a million rural women and their families. Moreover, about 38.8 million and 5.6 million rural women respectively have enjoyed a great benefit from screening programs on the "Two Cancers" (breast cancer and cervical cancer) launched by the ACWF up to now. The organization also helped 31,077 rural women to treat and cure different diseases.

Cui suggested that women's illiteracy, backwards conditions and a weak market in rural areas point to the reasons why women there remain in poverty, based on a survey conducted by the ACWF.

Cheng Ping

Female member of the CPPCC Cheng Ping, expresses that the Chinese Government and society needs to create a relaxing atmosphere for women who have experienced huge social pressures both mentally and physically, at the interview on March 11. [Women of China / Fan Wenjun]

Female CPPCC member Cheng Ping, expressed that the Chinese Government and society at large needed to create a relaxed atmosphere for women who had experienced huge social pressures both mentally and physically.

"The whole of society needs to undergo a further reform," appealed Cheng, adding that a more social system of benefit to women needs to be established or perfected, and this would stimulate more women to make further efforts.

Cheng also hoped that the whole country would care more about women and draw upon women's positive energy as a resource to aid society.

Wang Qian

Wang Qian, chairperson of the Xi'an Future International Information Co., Ltd. as well as one of the female members of the CPPCC, feels that in the era of big data and Internet, women are granted with many rights and superiorities. [Women of China / Fan Wenjun]

Wang Qian, chairperson of the Xi'an Future International Information Co., Ltd., as well as one of the female members of the CPPCC, felt that in the era of  big data and the Internet, women have been extended many rights and even superiorities.

"Women are the big clients of Internet consumption and seem cleverer to grasp the opportunity to gain big profits," said Wang, adding that 67 percent women in China had a tendency to buy something from online shops daily and many of those shops with highest satisfaction ratings are run by women, based on one recent report.

Wang pointed out the increasing popularity of the Internet has opened a new door for women as data analysts. Women were well-qualified for the position owing to their rich imagination and wise perception on big data, she said.

Wang Meihua

Wang Meihua, vice-general engineer of Shanghai Construction Group Co., Ltd, says that women could also play an important role in those industries that man have a lead position, during the interview on March 11. [Women of China / Fan Wenjun]

Wang Meihua, vice-general engineer of Shanghai Construction Group Co., Ltd, said that women could also play an important role in those industries that men had thus far taken a lead position. Wang took the industry of architecture, engineering and construction as examples and said that more and more women took up new posts in the industries.

Wang advocated that women had the rights to set foot in those industries. Wang also suggested that strengthening of gender awareness could assist women more to engage into other traditional male-dominated sectors. Moreover, women bore the responsibility of taking care of family members through their participation in social labor.

In Wang's opinion, women had much room to grow whilst retaining more social roles against the current economic development.

Questions

Finally, questions over the rules for the cancellation of parental custody were fielded by reporters from Women of China, drawing much attention.

Earlier this year, a mother and father from east China's Jiangsu Province were stripped of their child custody rights due to sexual abuse from the father and the mother's negligence, it was announced by the local peoples' court and the decision was approved by the supreme people's court.

Notably, it was the first case in China that parents were stripped of their rights on a child's guardianship or parental access. Reporters asked how China could perfect its legal system to protect minor's rights under guardianship.

"It is a big step forward in China when such parents are stripped of custody so that children are saved from further abuse and negligence. The legal framework on protecting children's rights and interests is still poorly developed; therefore, an intervention mechanism for minors' custody should also be developed as soon as possible," answered Zhen.

Zhen summarized that cooperation should be launched between various social organizations and departments related to China's legal system to further safeguard children's rights and interests.

Questions on cases of stripping parental custody are fielded by reporters from Women of China drawing attention during the interview on March 11. [Women of China / Fan Wenjun]

Other questions are raised by journalists from paper.fnews.cc during the interview on March 11. [Women of China / Fan Wenjun]

Questions posed by correspondents from epaper.rmzxb.com.cn during the interview on March 11 [Women of China / Fan Wenjun]

(Women of China)

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