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Women want discrimination tackled before having babies

By WANG XIAOYU | China Daily | Updated: 2021-07-07 09:16
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A couple both born in the 1990s hold their children, an infant daughter and her 18-month-old elder brother, in Shenyang, Liaoning province. [Photo by LI HAO/ FOR CHINA DAILY]

More details needed on how third-child policy will protect rights, employment

After China announced on May 31 that all couples will be allowed to have three children, up from two, working mothers and young women are still waiting for more details on how the policy will be implemented and how their rights will be protected.

Many want to see the policy have a positive impact on correcting gender discrimination in workplaces before deciding to have another child.

Experts said their concerns are reasonable, reflect the professional predicament faced by many women, and highlight the urgent need to step up implementation of fertility-friendly policies, such as promoting flexible working hours and improving legislation to tackle sex-based discrimination in employment.

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