The Party committee and government in Liaoning Province, northeast China, recently issued a document to steadily promote the implementation of rural collective property right system reform.
The document instructs officials to safeguard rural women's legitimate rights and interests in the process of identifying the membership of collective economic organizations.
It aims to provide policy guarantees for women to enjoy equal rights in the contracted management of rural land, distribution of proceeds of collective economic organizations, use of land requisition and occupation compensations and the use of residential sites.
According to experts, the identification of collective economic organization members is regarded as a key foundation for rural women to share equal rights and interests on rural lands as men.
In order to guarantee the benefits of all rural residents, especially women, the document explicitly stipulates the principles and details of member identification regarding various issues such as resident registration, land contracting relations and contributions to the development of the collective economy.
The paper also stipulates that authorities should explore the specific process, standards and management measures to confirm the membership of rural collective economic organizations; and set up the sound membership registration mechanism.
To assist in its establishment, county-level governments across Liaoning should organize professionals to offer guiding opinions in accordance with laws, policies and local conditions.
Experts said the formulation of the document is regarded as the embodiment of the Liaoning government's thorough implementation of the basic State policy on gender equality and laws and regulations to safeguard women's rights and interests.
In addition, focusing on rural women's proceeds rights of collective assets, the paper optimizes the legal environment on women and children's advancement; further facilitates rural women's equal development with men; and promotes social stability and harmony.