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Law of the People's Republic of China on the Protection of Rights and Interests of Women


(ADOPTED AT THE FIFTH SESSION OF THE SEVENTH NATIONAL PEOPLE'S CONGRESS ON APRIL 3, 1992)


CONTENTS

CHAPTER I GENERAL PROVISIONS

CHAPTER II POLITICAL RIGHTS

CHAPTER III RIGHTS AND INTERESTS RELATING TO CULTURE AND EDUCATION CHAPTER IV RIGHTS AND INTERESTS RELATING TO WORK

CHAPTER V RIGHTS AND INTERESTS RELATING TO PROPERTY

CHAPTER VI RIGHTS RELATING TO THE PERSON

CHAPTER VII RIGHTS AND INTERESTS RELATING TO MARRIAGE AND FAMILY CHAPTER VIII LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY

CHAPTER IX SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS

Article 1. In accordance with the Constitution and the actual conditions of the country, this Law is formulated to protect women's lawful rights and interests, promote the equality between men and women and allow full play to women's role in socialist modernization.

Article 2. Women shall enjoy equal rights with men in all aspects of political, economic, cultural, social and family life.

The state shall protect the special rights and interests enjoyed by women according to law, and gradually perfect its social security system with respect to women.

Discrimination against, maltreatment of, or cruel treatment in any manner causing injury even death of women shall be prohibited.

Article 3. The protection of women's lawful rights and interests is a common responsibility of the whole society. State organs, public organizations, enterprises and institutions as well as urban and rural mass organizations of self-government at the grass-roots level shall, in accordance with the provisions of this Law and other relevant laws, protect women's rights and interests.

The state shall take effective measures to provide necessary conditions for women to exercise their rights according to law.

Article 4. The State Council and the people's governments of provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government shall, by taking organizational measures, coordinate with relevant departments in ensuring the protection of women's rights and interests. The specific organs shall be designated by the State Council and the people's governments of provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government.

Article 5. The All-China Women's Federation and women's federations at various levels shall represent and uphold the rights of women of all nationalities and all walks of life, and strive for the protection of women's rights and interests.

The trade unions and the Communist Youth League organizations shall also, within the scope of their respective work, strive for the protection of women's rights and interests.


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