Since Zunyi Women's Federation (ZWF), southwest China's Guizhou Province, carried out three special projects in 2017 to improve rural women's abilities, significant achievements have been made in environmental protection and poverty alleviation.
In November 2017, ZWF cooperated with the municipal poverty alleviation and development office to carry out a series of activities among rural women, especially impoverished women, to encourage them to manage their home environment, publicize traditional family virtues and make full use of their "half the sky" role in building a moderately well-off society in an all-round way.
Women's federations at all levels established a long-term sanitation mechanism and encouraged rural women to actively participate in the living environment improvement initiative.
In addition, officials innovated skills training methods. They invited housekeeping teachers and relevant officials to offer one-on-one guidance to women so as to help families cultivate healthy and civilized production and living habits.
Increasing Farmers' Incomes
Officials from local departments organized enterprises to conduct on-site recruiting in villages to help locals find jobs and increase their incomes.
Women's federations contributed their efforts to encouraging local women to study practical skills, start their own businesses and find jobs so as to get rid of poverty as soon as possible.
Many women have benefited from training courses, officials said.
Ao Suying, an impoverished woman from Huangdu Town, Wuchuan Gelaozu Miaozu Autonomous County, was among the first batch of farmer to receive help from the targeted poverty alleviation initiative and is now working in the housekeeping industry in Shanghai. Currently she can earn some 5,000 yuan a month.
Chen Shihui from Zhaiba Town, Xishui County, raised over 2,000 native chickens and developed countryside tourism, and she can now earn 50,000 yuan every year.
Good Family Virtues
Women's federations at all levels carried out a series of activities such as lecture tours of role model families' stories and demonstrations of family traditions and maxims, in a bid to integrate civilized family construction with the capability building campaign.
ZWF also encouraged rural women to attach importance to their children's education, helped them cultivate scientific educational concepts, improve their family education aptitude and therefore promote the construction of civilized families.
(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)