Chinese women: less than half of heaven – Edward Lanfranco

From UPI, via Monsters and Critics:

A press conference Wednesday revealed the Maoist axiom of “women holding up half of heaven” is still far from being realized in mainland Chinese society.

A series of events are planned in Beijing between Aug. 29 and Sept. 1 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the “Beijing Declaration” and “Platform for Action” adopted in 1995 after the Fourth United Nations Conference on Women held in the outskirts of the Chinese capital.

In the run-up to the celebrations, the State Council (government cabinet) issued a white paper Wednesday entitled “Gender Equality and Women`s Development in China.” The 37-page report reviewed achievements that had been made on women`s issues such as their role in the economy, participation in decision-making, health, education, marriage, family and legal guarantees of rights and interests. However it failed to explicitly identify any of the many pressing problems faced by Chinese women.

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