On Sept.22, The State Council Information Office of the PRC (国务院新闻办公室) issued the White Paper of Gender Equality and Women’s Development in China (《中国性别平等与妇女发展》白皮书), to mark the 20th anniversary of the 4th UN World Conference on Women (联合国第四次世界妇女大会) held in Beijing.This is the third white paper the Chinese government has issued in the area of women’s development. The white paper, using large amounts of facts and data, gives an account of the latest developments on gender equality and women’s rights. It will be translated into several languages, and the Chinese and English version will be available soon in Xinhua bookstores across the country.
This year also marks the 20th year since China set gender equality as a basic state policy. The white paper points out that Chinese government has made great efforts to eliminate gender disparities in various fields. At the same time, it acknowledges that inequality still exists in certain places. The issuing of the paper is hoped to help enhance international society’s understanding of China. There is still a long way to go to achieve gender equality and promote women’s development, says the white paper.