Launch of “Gender Equality in China’s Economic Transition” policy paper

Launch of “Gender Equality in China’s Economic Transition” Policy Paper


Beijing, 14 March 2016


ILO Representative Mr. Tim Demeyer (L), Professor Li Ling of Peking University (M) and
Professor Liu Bohong of China Women’s University (R) at Q&A Session

UN System in China held a launch ceremony for the new policy paper titled “Gender Equality in China’s Economic Transition” at the United Nations compound, demonstrating the UN’s commitment to gender equality and the empowerment of women.

The policy paper is part of the series of thematic policy papers on equity issues in China which began with a seminar organized by the UN on “Rethinking the Equity Efficiency Relationship: Challenges Ahead” in July 2012. Led by UN Women, “Gender Equality in China’s Economic Transition” is the newest paper in this series. It focuses on women and employment during China’s market transition.

The paper addresses the decline in women’s participation in the labor force since market-oriented economic reforms began and was written by Professor Liu Bohong of China Women’s University, Professor Li Ling of Peking University, and Professor Yang Chunyu of Peking University.

It seeks to review status and implications of gender inequality during China’s economic transformation through a careful examination of three areas: employment opportunities, income, and unpaid labor. Using a gender perspective, it makes valuable policy recommendations to promote gender equality in order to strengthen China’s future economic and social development.

Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is a central pillar of the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030, which says “Women and girls must enjoy equal access to education, economic resources and political participation as well as equal opportunities with men and boys for employment and leadership. All forms of gender inequality, discrimination and violence against women and children, both boys and girls, will be combatted.”


Goal 5 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, that came into force in January 2016 and to which China has committed, seeks to achieve equality and empower all women and girls, through eliminating discrimination and ensuring women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision making in political, economic and public life.

Ms. Julie Broussard, Country Programme Manager of the UN Women China office, emphasized that “building a sustainable future for the world’s most populous country and second largest economy is not possible without engaging all parts of society, particularly women, whose status is so strongly linked to the economic and social progress of a nation”.


Also present at the launch ceremony were UN Resident Coordinator Mr. Alain Noudehou, ILO Representative Mr. Tim De Meyer and local and international representatives from UN system, government ministries, embassies, universities and NGOs.

For the full text of the Gender Equality in China’s Economic Transition, please access:

http://www.un.org.cn/uploads/kindeditor/file/20160311/20160311114613_1571.pdf (English version)

http://cn.un.org.cn/uploads/kindeditor/file/20160311/20160311115000_6301.pdf (Chinese version)

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