11th National Women's Congress Draws Blueprints for Chinese Women's WorkJanuary 13, 2014The 11th National Women's Congress, which was held every five years since the founding of New China in 1949, was held in Beijing from October 28-31, 2013. The Congress elected ACWF new leadership, approved amendments to the ACWF constitution, summarized the achievements in promoting gender equality and women’s development in the past five years and drew blueprints for the ACWF’s work in the next five years.
One Year On: China's First Local Gender Equality Regulation in ShenzhenJanuary 13, 2014Shenzhen in south China's Guangdong Province became the first city in the country to implement a local regulation exclusively aimed at promoting gender equality when the Regulation to Promote Gender Equality in the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone (SEZ) took effect on January 1, 2013.
Orphanage Blaze Stirs ChinaJanuary 13, 2014Private orphanage owner Yuan Lihai became the focus of media attention in January 2013 after her unlicensed orphanage, located in Lankao County, central China's Henan Province, caught fire, killing six children and an adult, and injuring a seventh child. Yuan's name is well known to the local media, which have often reported on her acts of kindness. However, this time Yuan's name is in the media spotlight for the wrong reasons.
Chinese Women's State of Life Report ReleasedJanuary 13, 2014The Annual Report on Chinese Women's State of Life No. 7 (2013), published by Social Sciences Academic Press, was released on March 8, 2013, in Beijing. With firsthand survey materials, the report analyzed women’s quality of life and consumption in urban areas in 2012 and included surveys on small loans for women in rural areas. It also gave predictions on women’s life, consumption, small loan policies and family moral education.
'Temporary Couples' Challenge Chinese Traditional Marriage MoralityJanuary 13, 2014The sensitive issue 'Temporary Couples'was brought under public debate on through comments made by migrant worker Liu Li, a deputy to the 12th National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, while attending the NPC annual session in March this year.
China's Judicial Authorities Push to Abolish Legal Clause of Crime of Underage Prostitute SolicitationJanuary 13, 2014The legal provision of crime of soliciting underage prostitutes in China's Criminal Law may be deleted after China's top judicial authorities showed support to a move to give better protection to minors. The Supreme People's Court (SPC) said that it would urge legislators to change the laws on having sex with underage prostitutes. The SPC made the comments in response to 12th NPC deputy Sun Xiaomei's continuous appeals to abolish the crime of soliciting underage prostitutes since 2010.
Tianjin Infant Formula Scandal Raises Public ConcernJanuary 13, 2014In September 2013, China Central Television (CCTV) reported that French company Danone, which markets its infant formula under the brand Dumex, gave kickbacks to medical staff at the Tianjin Central Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology to feed newborn babies its infant formula products so that the babies would develop a taste for the product. The news immediately sparked outrage across the country as people criticized infant formula companies for making illegal money off newborns.
Divorces Increase over Property Tax in ChinaJanuary 13, 2014Major Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai have witnessed an upsurge in divorces in 2013, as a result of the nationwide 20 percent individual income tax levied on capital gains by home sellers.
China's Reform of Easing Population PolicyJanuary 13, 2014China announced its decision to loosen its decades-long population policy which advocates one child for one family on November 15, 2013. The decision approved at the Third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee allows couples to have two children if one of them is an only child. The birth policy will be adjusted and improved step by step to promote "long-term balanced development of the population in China." This reform has aroused great attention and stirred discussions worldwide.
Hit TV Show Highlights Dads' Roles in ChildcareJanuary 13, 2013Hunan TV's new program Dad, Where Are We Going? has become hugely popular since it debuted in October. However, the subject of the show --- fathers' involvement in children's upbringing --- has stirred heated public discussion.