Delegates from Pacific Islands Join Study Trip, Praise Chinese Women for Hard Work

July 27, 2019  By Ye Shan  Editor: Wei Xuanyi

Xia Jie, Vice-President and Member of the Secretariat of the ACWF, meets with the delegation composed of parliamentarians, officials and leaders of national-level women's organizations from five island countries in the Pacific — Samoa, Vanuatu, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Tonga and the Cook Islands, in Beijing. [Women of China/ Fan Wenjun]

 

At the invitation of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) and the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), a 12-member delegation visited China from June 24 to July 5.

The delegation was composed of parliamentarians, officials and leaders of national-level women's organizations from five island countries in the Pacific — Samoa, Vanuatu, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Tonga and the Cook Islands.

The delegation visits to Guangzhou, capital of South China's Guangdong Province. [Women of China]

 

During their study trip, the delegates learned about the overall situation of Chinese women's development and women's federations' work. They visited Beijing, Central China's Henan Province and South China's Guangdong Province, where they saw how women have benefitted from projects that supported their development, and where they communicated with experts, scholars and women entrepreneurs. The delegates gave "thumps up" to Chinese women's contributions to building their country in the new era.

The delegation visits to Guangzhou, capital of South China's Guangdong Province. [Women of China]

 

Xia Jie, Vice-President and Member of the Secretariat of the ACWF, met the delegation in Beijing on June 25. Xia delivered a speech during the opening ceremony of the delegation's study trip. Xia said that Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasized the importance of seizing opportunities to build a better future for the advancement of China's relations with countries in the Pacific islands during a group meeting with heads of those countries.

Xia said the purpose of organizing the study trip was to use women's exchanges as an important way to deepen friendship among peoples, and to develop China's relations with island countries in the Pacific.

Xia added China is willing to enhance communications with women from countries in the Pacific, to advance women's progress around the world and to contribute to the development of the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and the countries.

The delegation visits in Beijing. [Women of China/Fan Wenjun]

 

During the opening ceremony, Mu Hong, Director-General of ACWF's Liaison Department, and Du Rui, Director-General of ACWF's Department for Women's Development, outlined the overall situation of Chinese women's development, ACWF's major projects and, especially, the federation's poverty-alleviation efforts.

The delegation visits the China National Museum of Women and Children. [Women of China'

 

The delegates said they had remarkable experiences during the study trip. For example, they visited the China National Museum of Women and Children, in Beijing, and they viewed exhibits that showcased the history of, and achievements reached in, Chinese women's development. In Lankao, Henan Province, they learned about the achievements made in practicing Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, especially in rural vitalization. In Guangdong Province, they visited the Memorial Hall of the Third CPC National Congress, women's agricultural production model sites and a compound that highlighted business starters' investments and innovation.

The delegation visits to central China's Henan Province. [Women of China]

 

The study trip was the first visit to China for several of the delegates. Following the trip, the delegates shared with Women of China some of their most impressive experiences in China, their thoughts about Chinese women's development and women's federations' work, and the good practices they hoped to take back to their countries.

The delegation participates in a meeting in Guangzhou. [Women of China]

 

Following are excerpts of their comments:

Faaulusau Duffy-Stowers, from Samoa, head of the Pacific islands countries' delegation

"This study trip was the first time I had close communications with ACWF, such a strong Chinese women's organization. The hard work of Chinese women, and their contributions to the economic growth of China, were obvious to us visitors."

Faaulusau Duffy-Stowers, from Samoa, head of the Pacific islands countries' delegation [Women of China]

 

Leiasmanu Cullwick, from Vanuatu

"China is a beautiful, clean and green country with a very large population. The cooperation among Chinese women's organizations, at all levels, was impressive. I was impressed by Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, and by China's good practices on reducing poverty. It is every mother's wish and dream that her child/children will live in a peaceful environment."

Ruth Dove, from Vanuatu

"Women cadres in China are very open-minded people, and they are professional in different fields. I was impressed by women's efforts to eradicate poverty. I realize we need to improve women's abilities to help them achieve development. Women's organizations need to find ways to support women and improve their work skills. Women must work together and help each other like what women of China have done."

Lululeen Santos, from FSM

"The saying that 'women hold up half the sky' will be kept in my mind forever. I was impressed by the visible improvement of gender equality in China. The visit to the China National Museum of Women and Children was appealing to me, because I saw how the history of Chinese women was presented by a precious collection of historical records, and how the accomplishment of women was shared with the world."

Vanessa Maurie Heleta, from Tonga

"I was impressed by the Belt and Road Initiative. I think it is incredible that Chinese President Xi Jinping has a vision for the whole country to enjoy better health, education, economic opportunities and well-being, at all levels, which leads to a better standard of living. It is wise that the way to lift people out of poverty is to concentrate on rural areas, where the problem exists.

"In Tonga, there are a lot of migrants who have relocated from the outer islands to the main island to find better opportunities. Seeing the projects in rural areas of Henan and Guangdong, I believe there are many opportunities available, in the outer islands, for the locals to make a living, so they don't have to migrate."

Charmaine-Destiny Dolan, from the Cook Islands

"Participating in this study trip, I have noticed similarities between the Cook Islands' governance support to women's empowerment and gender equality and the support provided by the Chinese Government and the country's women's organizations. I was impressed by the case studies mentioned, including the use of poverty-alleviation data, collected by field-research teams, to design sustainable-targeted projects to alleviate poverty in rural areas, and by how quickly the projects were implemented. The learning I have gained can be tailored to suit our development needs."

Juanita Wynne, from the Cook Islands

"What we can take away from this study trip is that with the right strategies in place, the revitalization model will work for any country. My perception is this type of model will encourage more of our local people, particularly in the outer islands, to start businesses in traditional weaving and art fields. We will educate the people of the Cook Islands that with right models and strategies in place, you can make a modest living and uphold the cultural history, traditions and sustainable practices."

A member of the delegation trys to draw traditional Chinese painting. [Women of China]

 

(Women of China)

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