Sat, Oct 20, 2012 - Page 9 News List

Chinese elite politics
is still a man’s world

Since the 1970s the number of women serving in China’s parliament has fallen, and less than a quarter of CCP members are women

By Alexa Olesen  /  AP, BEIJING

Cheng Li (李成), an expert in Chinese politics at the Brookings Institute, says one or two of them are likely to make it — a bleak horizon for women’s empowerment.

However, he says he expects more women to push their way into government in the coming 10 to15 years as younger women come of age with more education and social freedom than their mothers.

Feng says she has noticed more women trying to run as independent candidates at local government level, suggesting an awakening of political consciousness.

“We ought to be even more bold in our questioning and not just ask why there are no women on the standing committee but we ought to ask why there are no women competing for the post of Communist Party secretary or for prime minister,” Feng said.

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