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Survey: Over Half Net Entrepreneurs Are Female in NW China Province
Uploaded Time: 2017-04-28

The government in northwest China's Shaanxi Province published two white papers on the development status of gender equality, women and children on April 24 at a dedicated press conference.

The report includes relevant data and specific details about health, education, social insurance, the environment, law, women's political engagement, employment, international communication and cooperation, and other aspects.

The white papers also outlines introductions to related policies and the significant achievements already made in terms of boosting women and children's development in the province.

According to the authors, the female population reached nearly 18.35 million in 2015, accounting for 48.37 percent of the overall population in Shaanxi.

In the workplace, female employees joining the maternity leave insurance in rural and urban areas increased from around 1.80 million in 2010 to over 2.65 million in 2015. Related departments also launched various practical technical training sessions which drew the participation of some 4.03 million rural women.

With government effort, the proportion of women in employment has risen to 44.7 percent among all employees. In particular, over half of internet entrepreneurs in Shaanxi were females.

The authorities also focused on women's health conditions. For example, the rate of free inspections for women's common diseases has climbed from 44.12 percent to 53.2 percent.

In addition, the average life expectancy for women in Shaanxi reached 76.74 in 2010.

The report further implied the gender gap has significantly narrowed with regards to the expansion of education. By 2015, the proportion of female students in high schools has reached 48.69 percent and that in secondary vocational schools was 49 percent.

With the improvement women's participation rates in decision making and management, the proportion of female deputies to the provincial People's Congress has reached nearly 24 percent and female members of the Provincial Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference accounted for 20.22 percent in 2015.

 (Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited in Women of China)

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