Every village committee in the city of Ulanqab in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region now includes at least one women's federation president, according to officials.
The development follows the recent election of local village committees in 1,323 villages and 222 communities in the city.
During the election, Ulanqab Women's Federation (UWF) took several measures to ensure female candidates were able to take office in village committees and village Party branches.
A total of 62 female secretaries and 75 female directors were elected at the village level, an increase of 1.3 percent and 2.4 percent, respectively. Among those, 26 individuals were elected dually as a village Party secretary and village committee director.
In the community elections, 99 female candidates were elected as Party secretaries, and 112 were elected as directors, accounting for 44.5 percent and 50.5 percent, respectively.
Cui Lifen, president of UWF, said women's federation staff have contributed efforts to popularizing the significance of women's participation in elections and political affairs and strengthening awareness of women becoming candidates.
Cui said the federation has encouraged women with firm ideals, an unselfish spirit of dedication, good economic senses and positive behaviors to participate in elections.
Outstanding females such as entrepreneurs, cooperative leaders, rural doctors and teachers should be welcomed into official positions, added Cui.
In the new leadership of village committees, some 79 are businesswomen, 237 have college degrees, and 87 are from ethnic minorities.
(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)