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NPC Deputy Objects to Employment Gender Discrimination
Source:Chinese Women's Research Network | Release Date:2014-3-24-
Title: NPC Deputy Objects to Employment Gender Discrimination
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Source: womenofchina.cn
Release Date: March 10, 2014
Keyword: NPC Deputy, Employment Gender Discrimination
 

Gender discrimination against female college graduates should be eliminated, said Xu Xiao, from central China's Henan Province, a deputy to the second session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC), in Beijing on March 3, 2014.

"As a female NPC deputy and occupational guide for female college students, I'm concerned about the employment issues facing female university students," said Xu, who is also President of Zhengzhou Hailong Corporation, a large group involved in tourism, hotels, real estate, education, environmentally-friendly building materials and property management.

At present, the employment difficulties faced by female college students has become a hot social issue that must be addressed, said Xu.

"On the one hand, female college graduates are faced with increasing employment pressure while on the other hand, students fostered by colleges can't meet the demands of employers, resulting in labor shortages," she added. Labor shortages and employment difficulties have become a structural conflict issue, which affects the ongoing development of higher education and social stability.

Accordingly, Xu suggested that some employers should change their ideas to rebuild the culture of gender-equality and reevaluate the capability of female college graduates .

"In some surveys, I find that some employers don't hire women, not because they are inferior to men in terms of their suitability for the role, but due to their physical strength," said Xu. "The employers think that women can't work under pressure, women need to take care of their families and thus can't go on business trips and that female employees giving birth and taking maternity leave will increase enterprise costs. Those are all prejudiced ideas."

Xu proposed that the country should enact a law against gender discrimination in employment or amend the existing law to guarantee employment equality.

In addition, Xu hoped that the country could provide policy support to employers that hire female college girls. "For example, tax exemptions and reductions can be given as rewards, or childcare services and community services can be offered to female workers to free them from the burden of heavy housework and to remove employers' worries," she said.

Xu, also President of the Henan Women Entrepreneurs Association, was honored with the 2013 National March 8th Red-banner Pacesetters award, an honor granted by the All-China Women’s Federation (ACWF) to exemplary workers or collectives who have made extraordinary achievements.

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