China ranked 106th behind Hungary last year on the annual gender gap index compiled by the World Economic Forum, having been 61st in 2008. Photo: Xinhua
China ranked 106th behind Hungary last year on the annual gender gap index compiled by the World Economic Forum, having been 61st in 2008. Photo: Xinhua

China’s birth rate push trumps gender equality, with women hit with ‘parenthood penalty’

  • China’s birth rate is declining so Beijing is encouraging couples to have more children, but employers are worried about extra maternity costs
  • China still exceeds the global average participation rate for women in the workplace at 60 per cent in 2019, but the rate has been falling since 1990

Topic |   Gender equality
China ranked 106th behind Hungary last year on the annual gender gap index compiled by the World Economic Forum, having been 61st in 2008. Photo: Xinhua
China ranked 106th behind Hungary last year on the annual gender gap index compiled by the World Economic Forum, having been 61st in 2008. Photo: Xinhua
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