|Women farmers work on the land. [Farmers' Daily]|
The provincial women's federation in northeast China's Liaoning has issued a policy to protect grassroots women's legal rights and interests with their land, and in particular during contract signing and registration in villages.
The policy was jointly worked on by Liaoning Rural Economic Committee in collaboration with other provinces including north China's Hebei, northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region and south China's Guangdong.
Previously, rural women were at high risk of losing their assigned land due to many reasons. For example, married women were often asked to return the land assigned to them from their naturalized families; similarly, divorced women would lose land to their ex-husband's family; woman would also lose possession of land in the event of the death of their partner.
Therefore, to equalize rights and interests between men and women, the government of Liaoning policy states that no matter what their current marital status is, women are identical as one economic unit and later shall have the same benefit of financial compensation after their assigned land was used for other functions, such as house removals or the resettlement of inhabitants.
Also, this new policy particularly stresses that women have the equal rights with men in marital relationships.
(Source: Farmers' Daily /Translated and edited by Women of China)
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