A woman from Xinghai County, Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of northwest China's Qinghai Province, has worked hard to help improve rural women's living conditions by enhancing both their material and spiritual lives.
Wang Xuemei, who was elected as the deputy to the People's Congress of Xinghai County in 2016, has since devoted her efforts to helping rural women live a better life.
After being elected as a grassroots official, Wang has been thinking about how to better serve villagers. After much thought in combination with surveys, she decided to give full play to the female in the village and start with women's work.
For example, Wang opened a training course in her village aimed at teaching impoverished women plastering skills free of charge, in the hope that they can improve their income through mastery of the skill.
She sought help from the local mayor and made a contract for plastering as part of the New Rural Construction program. As it turned out, the per capita income of women increased by 5,000 to 6,000 yuan through the work and Wang was honored with the title of Captain of Female Plasterers.
"It was difficult at first to call on female villagers to join me," Wang said. Many impoverished villagers were lazy and unwilling to work and Wang had to persuade them one by one.
Villagers changed their ideas later and actively took actions to find more jobs to increase their incomes following the guidance and instruction of Wang.
Wang changed rural women's living habits and helped them formed a positive and diligent atmosphere.
"Now as long as there is a training course, women would take part in it as actively as possible," she said gladly.
In addition to helping villagers increase their incomes, Wang also planned to enrich their spiritual lives.
Wang called on several culture lovers to form a dance team and started a dance group that met up in the evening. More and more women were attracted and participated.
Moreover, Wang organized people to carry out various activities during some important festivals, which enables the villagers to live a happier life.
Nowadays, Wang leads rural women to learn cross-stitching and Tibetan embroidery and she plans to run an online store to sell handicraft works.
At the meeting of the local county people's congress this year, Wang proposed that the government should help villages to develop a logistics industry in order to sell women's handicrafts and achieve prosperity through the internet.
(Source: Qinghai Daily/Translated and edited by Women of China)