The Women's Federation of Gansu Province offered a lecture on family relationships and mental health in Hetan, a town in Dongxiang County, Northwest China's Gansu Province, on July 5. It was part of a campaign launched by the province's women's federation to help women in extremely poverty-stricken areas, especially impoverished women, single moms, left-behind women, elderly women, disabled women and their families at the beginning of this year.
During the year-long campaign, lectures on legal matters, skills of handling marital and family disputes and psychological counseling services will be provided in poverty-stricken counties across the province.
Zhou Zhiling, a lecturer and national-level psychological counselor, gave a lecture on marital and family relations, women's mental health and emotional adjustments for women on that day.
Ma Xuelian, Vice-President of the Women's Federation of Dongxiang County, said it was the first time for the rural women in the county to have such lectures.
More than 200 people, including presidents of the women's federations of the villages (in Hetan) and local women and elderly people, attended the lecture.
"It's my first time to attend such a lecture," a middle-aged female villager said, adding that she eventually found the answers to her questions and troubles in life.
"The lecture is very practical, touches on some problems of rural women and their families and it plays a role in boosting their confidence and encouraging them to escape poverty. Our grassroots women need such lectures,” said the president of a local women's federation.
According to the organizers, the lectures have been given in 40 towns in 13 deeply poverty-stricken counties in the province, benefiting more than 8,000 people.
(Source: China Women's News/ Translated and edited by Women of China)