It is obvious to all that great progress has been achieved in the promotion
of gender equality and women's development in China over the past decade.
At the same time, the Chinese government is highly aware that, restricted by
the country's limited level of economic and social development, especially in
the process of economic restructuring and in establishing and improving a
socialist market economic system, China is confronted with new situations and
problems in its efforts to promote gender equality and women's development.
Chinese women have become increasingly more diversified in their social status,
and thus their needs for subsistence, development and protection of their rights
and interests also vary. There is an obvious imbalance in the development of
women in different regions, social status and groups; the outmoded conventions
and custom of inequality between men and women handed down from China's history
and culture have not yet been completely eradicated, and women's rights and
interests are still being infringed upon to varying degrees in some areas. There
is a long way to go and arduous tasks to tackle to achieve gender equality and
promote women's development in China to a satisfactory level.
In the new historical stage of building a comparatively well-off society in
an all-round way, the Chinese government aims, from the strategic height of
building a harmonious socialist society in the light of China's national
conditions, to promote the scientific concept of people-oriented, overall,
coordinated and sustainable development, further implement the basic national
policy of equality between men and women, safeguard women's rights and interests
according to law, put into effect the requirements for the goals of the Outline
for the Development of Chinese Women, and strive to ensure that women enjoy the
same rights as men in politics, economy, culture, society and family life. The
Chinese government will continue its efforts to encourage all social sectors to
help promote gender equality and women's development, strengthen its exchanges
and cooperation with the United Nations and other international organizations
concerned and the governments of various countries, and make active
contributions to promoting worldwide equality, development and peace.