Women's federations at provincial, city, county and district levels have all implemented the policy of recruiting temporary and part-time cadres.
Zhejiang has also promoted the reform of women's federations at the township level, and all women's congresses have been transformed into women's federations. Some 152,000 women have been appointed executive members of village (community)-level women's federations and 13,000 have been appointed executive members of federations at the town (subdistrict) level.
According to the statistics, 44.63 percent of senior professional and technical personnel in the province are women.
Meanwhile, the number of market entities founded by women is around 1.7 million, accounting for 29 percent of the total, and more than 70 percent of women are entrepreneurs in internet industry.
Many female entrepreneurs have become business leaders and made contributions to economic transformation. This result can be attributed to the government's policy as detailed in national programs for the development of women and children and the provincial plan for the development of women and children.
For example, Zhao Zhongxia, a leading entrepreneur, set up a travel agency, integrating travel, agriculture, the internet and cultural and creative industries, with help from a local women's federation.
The agency's annual income has now reached 10 million yuan. It has employed 60 women and has helped over 200 shake off poverty.
Up to now, the cumulative funds allocated for women and children's development has reached 125 million yuan, whilst the provincial women and children's Foundation has raised funds of more than 58 million yuan.
Meanwhile, some public-welfare initiatives have been promoted, such as the Carnation Women's Healthcare Program and the financial aid project for students, consecutively benefiting 451,000 women and children.
(Source: Women Voice/Translated and edited by Women of China)