China passes new law to protect women
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China passes new law to protect women

China passed a law today that aims to give women greater protection against gender discrimination and sexual harassment.

The law comes at a time when campaigners have expressed concern over increased government rhetoric about the value of women’s traditional roles and what some see as a rollback on women’s rights and more restrictive views on abortion.

It is not yet clear to what extent these more conservative views will be reflected in the new law. Details on the law, apart from its approval, have not yet been released.

It is the first time in almost 30 years that the law on the protection of women has been changed. The official Xinhua news agency said Thursday that the law “strengthens the protection of the rights and interests of underprivileged groups such as the poor, elderly women and women with disabilities.”

According to Xinhua, employers will be held responsible if the rights and interests of women at work and protection against trafficking are violated.

According to Xinhua, employers will be held responsible if the rights and interests of women at work and protection against trafficking are violated.