Single mothers in China feel they are treated as second-class citizens, with no right to paid maternity leave or medical coverage. Photo: AFP
Single mothers in China feel they are treated as second-class citizens, with no right to paid maternity leave or medical coverage. Photo: AFP

Despite China’s push to lift birth rate, single mothers must fight for their rights

  • 2019 report estimates China has more than 19 million single mothers, including divorcees and widows
  • Benefits such as several months of paid maternity leave and medical coverage are still reserved only for married women

Single mothers in China feel they are treated as second-class citizens, with no right to paid maternity leave or medical coverage. Photo: AFP
Single mothers in China feel they are treated as second-class citizens, with no right to paid maternity leave or medical coverage. Photo: AFP
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