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Gender income gap continues to widen

(China Daily)

08:04, May 16, 2013

Delegates take part in the Fifth East Asia Gender Equality Ministerial Meeting in Beijing on Wednesday. Some 120 delegates from 13 countries in East Asia attended. JIN LIWANG / XINHUA

Although China has made remarkable progress in narrowing gender inequality, challenges including the income gap between men and women remain, said top officials from the country's largest women's organization on Wednesday.

Shen Yueyue, the newly-elected president of the All China Women's Federation, said China, which is home to one-fifth of the world's female population, shoulders a big task in promoting gender equality.

"China, as a major developing country, faces numerous challenges and difficulties whether in economic and social development or in the process of gender equality," she said.

Shen made the remarks at the opening ceremony at the Fifth East Asia Gender Equality Ministerial Meeting held in Beijing.