China sets down 10-year development blueprints for women, children

08:10, June 16, 2011      

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Two guidelines concerning women and children's affairs over the next 10 years were approved Wednesday at an executive meeting of the State Council, or the Cabinet, stressing gender equality.

The Program for the Development of Chinese Women (2011-2020) covers main goals, policies and measures to ensure women's legitimate rights and interests,and promote their social status, according to a statement released Wednesday after the meeting.

The program also aims to ensure that women equally exercise their democratic rights in accordance with the law, equally participate in economic and social development and equally enjoy the achievements of reform and development.

The Program for the Development of Chinese Children (2011-2020) sets goals in the areas of health, education, welfare, social environment and legal protection. Relevant policies are also made to guarantee childrens' right to subsistence, development, being protected and participation.

The program also aims at boosting children's physical and mental health and their overall qualities as well as narrowing the development gap between children in urban and rural areas.

The statement didn't reveal details about the two programs.

"We must clearly realize that, under the influence of various economic, social and cultural factors, the development of women and children in China and the protection of their rights still face many problems and challenges," said the statement.

Women's average life span in China rose to 75.25 years last year from 73.3 in 2000, and the number of employed women and their influence in decision-making and management both increased "steadily," said the statement.

Meanwhile, 99.4 percent of children nationwide were currently receiving elementary education, according to the statement.

The meeting, presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao, urged local government departments to map out their own development programs for women and children and set up tight-knit working mechanisms to ensure the implementation of the programs.

Source: Xinhua
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