Research shows that top employers in China often publish gender-discriminating job advertisements
According to a new report by Human Rights Watch, despite economic growth and women’s opportunities, gender discrimination in employment recruitment remains a serious problem in China.
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Well, the Me Too campaign highlights sexual harassment in the workplace, but discriminate before you get the job? A new report found that top employers in China often publish gender-discriminatory advertising. NPR’s Rob Schmitz reports.
ROB SCHMITZ, BYLINE: After analyzing more than 36,000 job postings in China in the past five years, Human Rights Watch found gender discrimination from employers in the state and the private sector.
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Schmitz: In the online recruitment video of male technicians released by Alibaba, China’s largest Internet company, the narrator said that the selected candidate will work with the beauty. Next is a shot of the company’s female employees, indicating how much they like to work with technology staff.
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Schmitz: “The most important thing is that he treats me very well. He is very handsome,” said a young Alibaba employee. She managed to say this during the pole dance.
MAYA WANG: I mean, on the one hand, as a woman, I feel a little bit, you know, just very disgusted.
Schmitz: Human Rights Watch’s Maya Wang said that China’s top technology companies like Baidu and Tencent have also released similar advertisements. They all promise that male employees will work with beautiful women and quote the words “Goddess”.
Wang: I think it tells you that this problem is quite common and common, and is considered to be a practice that they have not even thought about it three times or that it does not cause any hindrance or commotion.
Schmitz: Last year, Tencent apologized for the company’s out-of-the-box shot, showing that female employees were squatting and seemed to use their mouths to open the water bottle hidden between the legs of male colleagues. Both Tencent and Baidu apologized after the latest report. Alibaba defended itself, saying that nearly half of the employees were women and women accounted for one-third of management positions. But Wang said that before the Chinese government began to combat gender discrimination, she said that this practice did not do so, and this discrimination will continue to exist in the world’s second largest economy.