One woman’s failed fight to obtain employer-provided maternity insurance in China highlights the struggles that unmarried women with children still face in the country. Photo: Getty Images One woman’s failed fight to obtain employer-provided maternity insurance in China highlights the struggles that unmarried women with children still face in the country. Photo: Getty Images
One woman’s failed fight to obtain employer-provided maternity insurance in China highlights the struggles that unmarried women with children still face in the country. Photo: Getty Images

Single mothers in China face Catch-22 when they apply for maternity benefits, but this woman is unbowed

  • Although China has relaxed its reproductive restrictions, unmarried women still face obstacles to becoming single mums – including having to buy sperm abroad
  • Once they give birth, contradictory laws stop them obtaining maternity insurance and government subsidies, as one mother’s court battle showed

Topic |   China society
One woman’s failed fight to obtain employer-provided maternity insurance in China highlights the struggles that unmarried women with children still face in the country. Photo: Getty Images One woman’s failed fight to obtain employer-provided maternity insurance in China highlights the struggles that unmarried women with children still face in the country. Photo: Getty Images
One woman’s failed fight to obtain employer-provided maternity insurance in China highlights the struggles that unmarried women with children still face in the country. Photo: Getty Images
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