Shenzhen ladies: even if you are without pink parking spots or pink holidays, your city wants you to know that they support equality for women when it comes to bathroom use. That means more bathrooms for women are on the way.
The Urban Planning Land and Resources Commission of Shenzhen has announced it will be increasing public bathroom services for women throughout the city in a new regulation to go into effect on August 1 that will see two or three new female bathrooms built for every one for males, reports China Daily. The new regulations will make a greater number of women’s bathrooms mandatory for any new buildings built for the next three years.
An online poll conducted by SZnews showed that 93% of respondents support the new regulations, while 92% pointed out that existing facilities need to be renovated in order to meet expectations.
Some men expressed dissatisfaction with the new regulation, suggesting that unisex toilets should be built instead.
It is not known if similar steps will be taken in neighboring Dongguan, which is currently experiencing a gender imbalance of 118 men for every 100 women according to 2010 census figures. Data from 2000 showed that Dongguan was once full of female residents when there were 89 men for every 100 women.
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