China: Progress made in gender equality

Updated 2017-06-13 11:09:58 CGTN

Chinese women in the workforce now care about gender equality, and balance between family and life more than ever before.

Reports indicate that as incomes grow and China's middle class expands, more and more women tend to care about family and work equally.

Seventy percent of the Chinese women think that work and life are equally important, according to a report by Lean In China, the Chinese branch of Sheryl Sandberg's non-profit organization Lean In.

The report, conducted in March 2016, aimed to better understand the roles women play in family and the workforce, their goals and challenges in the workforce and society, as well as finding ways to help Chinese women to better realize their goals by finding more resources to help.

The organization reached out to 2,000 Chinese women from first, second and third-tier cities. Those questioned were born in five decades, had various marital statuses, worked in public and private sectors, and had different levels of income.

A conference held over the weekend by Lean In China and employment recruiting services company Profile Asia, discussed how in the years since China's economic reform and opening-up, there has been huge progress in gender equality in the workforce.

Winni Wei, director of Profile Asia, said the event aims to "inspire women with the same problems."

Chen Jing, member of the Board of Partners Group China and a former senior financial officer of the World Bank Group, shared her story with her daughters while being a working mom. She said women should make sure they spend enough time with their children, even if that means bringing "daughters with you" to meetings or working lunches during weekends.

Qi Yanqiang, executive director of Beijing Overseas Talents Association Youth Committee, also founder and CEO of xnw.com, said that the reasons some women progress faster than others is because some forget the past easier, and only look towards the future.

Many other leading female entrepreneurs and thinkers attended the conference, discussing ways to improve and address gender imbalances in the work force, such as dealing with family responsibilities.

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