Beijing, September 22: China issued on Tuesday a white paper on gender equality and women's development, providing a comprehensive overview of the country's women policies as well as unremitting efforts made and measures implemented in this regard.
Gender equality and women's development in China not only show the country's own progress, but also constitute a historical contribution made to global equality, development and peace, said the white paper marking the 20th anniversary of the UN's Fourth World Conference on Women that was held in Beijing and the promulgation of the gender equality policy.
As part of the commemoration, the UN Women and China will co-host a high-level global leaders' meeting on gender equality and women's empowerment at UN headquarters on Sept. 27, which will be chaired by President Xi Jinping. Over 70 world leaders are expected to make concrete commitments and firm pledges to overcome gender equality gaps.
The white paper said China has always upheld the constitutional principle of equality between men and women, which is also a basic state policy for promoting progress in the country and in society, reports Xinhua.
Chinese women make up one fifth of the world's total female population. Over the years China has progressively improved its laws and regulations, developed public policies, worked out development plans and pressed forward steadily with gender equality and women's development, it said.