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China to enact first anti-sexual harassment law
Updated: 2005-03-04 15:31

The amendment to the Law on the Protection of the Rights and Interests of Women (LPRIW) has been included in the new legislative agenda for this year.

Lei Nan, the female plaintiff in Beijing's first sexual harassment lawsuit, answers a reporter's questions June 30, 2003. [newsphoto]
The All-China Women's Federation has finished the draft of the amendment to the LPRIW (the draft for deliberation) at the end of 2004, and has already reported the draft amendment to the State Council for deliberation.

It is learned that the draft for deliberation proposes that the principle of equality between men and women should be included in the general provisions of the LPRIW.

It puts forth that equality between men and women should be applied to employment, promotion, professional title assessment and retirement, and companies and institutions cannot discriminate against women.

In addition, the draft for deliberation proposes gender equality on retirement for the first time.

It has also definitely forbidden sexual harassment against women, requiring all institutions to take measures to prevent any sexual harassment in the workplace.

This will be the first time China put forward a concept of anti-sexual harassment in its laws.

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