Gender Equality and the Public Policies for Female Development

Thursday, 2 July 2015: 10:15 AM-11:45 AM
CLM.3.05 (Clement House)
Yuhua Yu, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China
Gender equality is the indicator of the differences in rights and treatments between male and female in a social system. Such comparison is made on sociological basis and proposed due to ubiquitous female inferiority. Therefore, gender equality is the key component of women’s pursuit of personal value.

Female development in contemporary China occurs during the rapid modernistion and economy growth of the country and is the essential part of the Chinese economy miracle. However, economy marketisation and development comes with some notable side effects, especially imposing gender discrimination at career entrance and during promotion that put female in weak position of competition. In these cases, Gender Unfairness is the fundamental cause of the difficulties that female currently facing and fighting with during the modernisation process.

In China, the key to the gender equality is female development, especially the equal opportunity of women and men to participate in the economic modernisation and make personal achievement. Public policies are indispensable to correct the gender discrimination and discrimination against the maternity leave required for the female employees during the career development of the women. The government should include housework socialisation and maternity subsidies into future development programme to reduce the concerns of employers for maternity leave and eliminate the gender discrimination to ensure gender equality and female development.