ABSTRACT

Another important statute is the Law for the Protection of Women’s Rights and Interests (1992) and the corresponding local implementing regulations. In late 2005, this law was amended to include a sexual harassment clause, stipulating that women are not to be subjected to sexual harassment and measures need to be taken to prohibit sexual harassment. The legislation encourages women to sue if they feel they are being sexually harassed. Other main points of the amendment were to include equality between men and women into China’s basic state policy; to forbid examinations to discover the gender of a foetus through ultrasound technologies; and to include measures to prevent domestic violence. This new provision breaks the traditional thinking that prevented government from meddling in family affairs.