With women earning 35% less than men and facing long separation from children, Nadine Hawa reports on how initiatives like HERproject and Plan W are helping to address the gender gap
The issue of women’s rights has been a hot topic over the past year, with many women-centric campaigns, namely the “me too” and “time’s up” movements, gaining traction as they spread globally from the US.
In countries like China, however, where tight censorship rules exist and women’s-rights groups are treated with hostility by the government, women often struggle to have their voices heard and human rights met, according to Human Rights Watch. It points out that China has no law protecting people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, and there is no legal recognition of same-sex partnership.
Most women working in factories in China are migrant workers. They are isolated and lack a support network
While women make up 57% of China's labour force and have contributed most to the country's unparalleled economic boom over the past three decades, they earn on average 35% less than men for doing similar work, ranking in the bottom third of the Global Gender Gap Index. They also face discrimination based on maternity, with employers choosing to hire only women who already have children and denying pregnant women statutory leave, according to the United Nations Human Rights...