The International Women's Development and Children's Growth Forum was recently held in Yingkou, northeast China's Liaoning Province, aiming to explore new issues facing women's development and children's growth in the new era and giving full play to women's role in social development to promote children's healthy growth.
This forum was co-sponsored by the China Charities Aid Foundation for Children (CCAFC), Women and Children Sports Research Center of Peking University, and the Yingkou Government.
The participating experts and scholars shared new ideas and insights about women's development and children's growth, said officials.
Issues regarding women's health, employment, health and children's growth environment are the primary concerns of experts at the forum.
Zheng Xiaotong, director of the Population Research Institute (PRI) of Peking University, believes that women's medical, employment, health and other issues require special attention. According to relevant data, more than half of about 90 million people with physical disabilities in the country are seniors, of which the proportion of women outnumbers that of men.
Moreover, women's health problems are more complex than the disease itself; they also involve policies, economy, society, etc., thus women should be given more political power and rights through cultural policy changes.
The decrease of gender disparity in education, health, science and technology will also contribute to productivity development, economic prosperity, and policy-making. Zheng also suggested that we should foster gender awareness through child education from an early age.
Zhang Yinjun, deputy director of the Central Committee for Women and Children of the Democratic Progressive Party, stated that many families today often neglect the health and education of girls, which is a major issue concerning the inheritance of human civilization.
"In fact, many of the problems emerging in our society today can be attributed to the problem of girls' education, and we should attach great importance to them," said Zhang.
Wang Lin, president of the CCAFC, proposed his opinion that respecting women and caring for children is an important symbol of social civilization and progress, and it is also an important factor contributing to the thousands of years of development of the Chinese nation. Thus, people should take more practical actions to raise the public's awareness on the well-being of women and children.
In addition, participants also expressed their views on the impact of family roles on the development of professional women and shared their own experience on this topic.
Dong Jinxia, director of the PRI, said that with the rise and development of school education, family education has gradually been weakened and even ignored, especially after the reform and opening up. Some parents haughtily believe they can solve any problems through economic means, whilst a series of problems faced by children have not disappeared with the increase of extracurricular tutoring classes, but instead have become all the more intense.
Chinese scholar Li Ke pointed out that in the process of introducing a large number of pragmatic knowledge into the country, we have also lost many of the sage cultures and wisdoms that should have been retained, and family tradition is an important part of such traditions.
In addition, the forum also paid close attention to the conflicts and integration of family education in the East and West.
A professor from the U.S. pointed out that men must learn to take responsibility for the specific affairs of the family. He also shared experiences in children’s education in Western society where Western parents generally arrange their children’s studies according to their personalities and specific strengths.
Hong Shuling, head of the Taiwan Literature Institute of National Taiwan University, vividly described and analyzed the literary masterpieces and characters in different historical periods at the forum to highlight women's kindness, wisdom and talent, and called for respect for women as part of the effort to build a harmonious society.
Hong also shared the view of a columnist in the Daily Mail with participants that most women are defined as angels in the family, whilst at the same time they shoulder much heavier burdens, and are not allowed to behave or think freely. Thus, it is worth thinking about how can they have an independent and free mind, and have a room of their own.
Ying Hong, vice-president of the Central Xinying Video Art Institute, shared her experience of ignoring her gender while at work. Ying also suggested women should continue to improve themselves in their daily lives.
(Source: Fnews.cc/Translated and edited by Women of China)