Nine government departments release notice on promoting women’s employment
It was announced on February 21st that an official “notice” on promoting women’s employment was published jointly by nine Chinese government departments, including the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and the Ministry of Education. The notice lays down specific and detailed rules on the protection of women’s employment and workplace gender equality. The day after the notice came out, “not asking women about marriage and childbirth during recruitment” became the most searched topic on Weibo, arousing extensive attention and discussion. The notice is composed of eight parts and has three main features. First of all, it clarifies the criteria for identifying gender discrimination in employment. Secondly, it provides three hotlines …read more
China’s first employment discrimination case involving transgender man ends with signs of progress
Chinese court says for the first time that employees should not be treated differently based on their gender identity and expression.
Yunnan hospital taken to task for recruitment ad discriminating against women
A recent case in Yunnan has provided an encouraging example of an institution being taken to task by bloggers over the use of sexist language in recruitment ads, and providing a quick and satisfying response to the controversy after the involvement of the provincial Women’s Federation. On January 24th, a group of bloggers known as the “gender discrimination detective group” (就业性别歧视监察大队) denounced the sexism wording contained within a recruitment ad published on Weibo by the Qujing No.1 People’s Hospital (曲靖市第一人民医院), based in the city of Qujing, Yunnan province. Statements like “male graduates prioritised”, “men only” and “men preferred over women” can be seen in the ad. Two days later, the Qujing No.1 People’s …read more
More than 80% of Chinese female graduates face employment discrimination
Zhang Yun, a fresh graduate from the Hunan University of Technology, is having trouble finding a job. She has decided to go to yet another Hunan Province job fair, in order to look for a job in Civil Engineering. “When recruiting fresh graduates, many employers want male students rather than female ones. They think a woman’s work efficiency is more likely to be influenced by pregnancies and paternity leaves,” explains Zhang Yun. If she fails to find a job again, Zhang has decided she will go back to school and take part in the entrance examination for postgraduate studies. Liu Xing, from Hunan University, faces the same dilemma. “Do you …read more