21 women work in senior Chinese government positions
( 2003-08-14 15:34) (Agencies)
The Chinese government has 21
women in senior positions, including 14 in the cabinet, Gu Xiulian,
vice-president of the All-China Women's Federation, said on Thursday.
vice-president of the All-China Women's
Their success is a sign of the great advances in Chinese women' s rights in
political life and social activities in the past five years, said Gu
Xiulian, who is also vice-chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the
National People's Congress.
Of the 21 women, seven are leaders of the Communist Party of China or
the State and the others are ministers or vice-ministers in the cabinet,
Party committees and governments at provincial, prefecture and
county level have 5,056 women members.
"The awareness of political participation among women has been
strengthened," she said.
Gu added that 43.95 percent of the total college and university students were
female, marking a sharp increase of 2.67 million over five years