China is improving women's
employment and strengthening the training of women laid-off workers
to help them get reemployed, an official on women and children’s
affairs has said.
"Labor departments of the country have helped more
than 376,000 laid-off women find new employment and put 103,000
women on public service posts during recent years," said Huang
Qingyi, vice director of the women and children affairs committee
of the State Council, China's cabinet.
More than 270,000 Chinese women have received
employment training from labor departments, with 154,000 finding
jobs or setting up their own businesses, Huang said.
Under a national project to help transfer rural
laborers, the ministries of agriculture, finance, education and
labor and social security have jointly organized training of more
than three million rural laborers and helped more than 2.6 million
find jobs in cities, with women making up 40 percent, she
However, Huang said, increasing working pressure and
underdeveloped unemployment and maternity insurance is still a
setback for Chinese working women.
About 21 percent of rural women in cities were fired
after they became pregnant or had a child. A growing number of
working women are delaying their motherhood for fear of losing jobs
or promotion opportunities, according to a survey on the rights of
rural female workers conducted by the All-China Women's
(Xinhua News Agency May 8, 2007)