Sunday, August 28, 2005

China Outlaws Sexual Harassment

Even though equality between the sexes has been a part of the CCP's agenda from its early days, "women hold up half of the sky," only after today will women in China be protected from sexual harassment by law. Wu Changzhen, Professor at the China University of Political Science and Law, headed the draft team of the amendment of the Law on Women's Right Protection and summed up the committee’s concern for victims of sexual harassment thus: “although sexual harassment is not as severe as rape, it could bring physical injury and emotional pressure. In the serious situation, sexual harassment sufferers will lose love-making ability and become world-weary.” Besides lack of libido and malaise, the team should not forget the abuse of women and female children because of China's family planning policy or the country's high rates of domestic abuse and trafficking in women, etc. Women in China have one of the highest rates of suicide in the world.

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