Forum on Establishing a Birth-friendly Culture Held

On November 16, a forum on "Establishing a Birth-friendly Culture -- Comparative Study on System Interpretation and Policy Support in Different Nations" was held at China National Institute for SCO International Exchange and Judicial Cooperation. The Forum was co-held by Shanghai Association of Marriage and Family Studies and Women Studies Institute, Shanghai University of Political Science and Law.

Scholars of Shanghai Women and Children Development Research Center, Shanghai Association of Marriage and Family Studies, and Shanghai Society of Women Studies attended the forum. Hu Jiling, vice president of Shanghai University of Political Science attended the event and delivered a speech.

Hu said, the Women Studies Institute, Shanghai University of Political Science and Law is an academic team composed of female doctors in different majors, who cared about women studies.He hoped that the members would actively participate in various academic activities and research projects, and further cooperation with related associations and institutes, so as to help the disadvantaged and boost social advancement with their talents.

The participants shared birth-related policies and systems in different nations at the forum, searching for effective measures. Dr. Gao Huirong of East China Normal University proposed that the Third Child Policy and its supporting measures should be carried out based on a gender perspective and an equal gender order; birth encouragement should not be done at the cost of women's benefits.

The participants agreed that it took joint efforts from multiple circles and levels to establish a women-friendly and birth-friendly society, and it took time. National system and legal guarantee would play the key roles for the society. Regarding experience of other countries, the earlier public policy interferes in the birth issue, the better result it shew. Joint measures of government, society, enterprises and families was adopted in many countries, to share the responsibility of child-birth, rearing and education. With the families' worry being addressed, the birth potential was expected to be released.