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Chen Zhili Delivers Report on Chinese Women in Science

Chen Zhili, vice-chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress and president of the All-China Women's Federation, gave a report yesterday on China's achievements in promoting gender equality and on women's development in science and technology. Chen spoke also about the challenges and orientations of women scientists.

ACWF President Chen Zhili makes her report at the Beijing International Convention Center before the opening ceremony of the TWOWS Fourth General Assembly and International Conference. [Fan Wenjun / Women of China]

"China has the largest number of women science workers in the world. In 2008, one-fourth of global scientific and technologic personnel, and two-fifths of Chinese science professionals, were women," Chen reported to the Fourth General Assembly and International Conference of the Third World Organization for Women in Science (TWOWS) in Beijing. Women scientists' qualifications and competence have also steadily risen, she added.

Chen said that the country has made every effort to create advantageous conditions for women scientific workers to progress by drawing up gender equality-based laws and policies and carrying out a national talent cultivation strategy.

Chen went on to say that globalization and marketization have placed women in a more complicated environment by accelerating technological innovation and intensifying competition in science. "The three major challenges facing Chinese women employed in science include their growing proportion in senior professional ranks, gender mainstreaming in the scientific field and women's empowerment," Chen said.

Chen Zhili confirmed in her report that the government will take more measures to nurture the growth of women talents in a gender equality-oriented environment.


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