‘Take Maternity Leave and You’ll Be Replaced’

After announcing a major policy shift allowing couples in China to have 3 children, social media in the country lit up with indignation, The New York Times.

The cost of raising 3 children would be prohibitive, many said. Another major issue: Workplace discrimination against women. 

Toothless laws barring pregnancy- and gender-related discrimination enable employers to explicitly favor women who already have children and don’t plan to take maternity leave, a Human Rights Watch report found. 

1 mother was asked to sign a contract promising not to have a second child for 3 years.

“Instead of pressing women to have a second child for ‘the country’s sake,’ China’s government should fulfill its international obligations by ensuring equal treatment in employment and reproductive rights,” said report author Yaqiu Wang.
Human Rights Watch

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