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China Vows to Ensure Unmarried Mothers Get Equal Maternity Leave

  • Some officials had demanded marriage certificate for benefits
  • China introduced policies to reduce costs for having a child
A mother carrying her child at a market in Huizhou, Guangdong province, China.

A mother carrying her child at a market in Huizhou, Guangdong province, China.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

China has vowed to ensure unmarried mothers receive maternity benefits, as the world’s second-largest economy revamps a slew of policies in a bid to boost its falling birthrate.

Liu Juan, deputy director of payment security at the National Healthcare Security Administration, said Wednesday that marriage licenses shouldn’t be required to claim maternity benefits, responding to reports some regions were demanding such documents.