According to the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), a total of 25 provinces and municipalities across the country have already set up gender equality assessment mechanisms, aiming to protect the legal rights and interests of women through improved evaluation work related to regulations and policies.
In order to promote gender equality in the process of local policy-making and better protect women's rights and interests at the source, the establishment of gender equality assessment mechanisms has been emphasized as the most important task for the ACWF at the 11th National Women's Congress of China, which was held in Beijing in 2013.
Under the leadership of the ACWF and the National Working Committee on Children and Women Under the State Council, the local women's federations and working committees have made great progress in the construction of working mechanisms to safeguard women's legal rights in accordance with the law.
According to a report, 25 provinces and municipalities have established the necessary assessment agencies, formulated working rules of evaluation, and drafted working plans annually so as to carry out assessment work accordingly.
These agencies put forward suggestions from a perspective of gender, with a view to effectively protecting women's legitimate rights and interests through a series of investigations, and demonstration and drafting work.
According to data released by the ACWF, with a further improvement of women's rights and interests, women have played a 'half-the-sky' role in economic and social development. As more women choose to work in IT, finance and other industries, they have become an important force of mass entrepreneurship and innovation. Moreover, rural women account for 70 percent of the total agricultural labor force, becoming the main force in the construction of new countryside.
With the increasing awareness of respecting women and protecting their legal rights and interests across the whole of society, the social environment for women's development will be improved accordingly.
(Source: Xinhua / Translated and edited by Gender Study Network)