Reform Inspires Women's Federations in N China Province to Better Serve Locals

December 13, 2018  Editor: Liu Yang

Women's federations in north China's Shanxi Province have further implemented reform efforts since a national conference was held in Beijing in July 2015 to improve the operation of mass organizations, say local officials.

Meanwhile, the federations have come up with many targeted policies and measures to safeguard the rights and interests of local women from all sections of society during the same period.

Shanxi Women's Federation (SWF) has formulated a guideline and 23 administrative documents to steer its reform and specify the targets as well as timelines in achieving them.

The reform work has received recognition from the All-China Women's Federation and the Shanxi Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

Moreover, women's federations nationwide have been organized to learn from the positive experiences and practices made by the municipal women's federations in two cities in Shanxi, Linfen and Lüliang, concerning their own reforms.

Leading Women in Loyalty to Party

The SWF Leading Party Group has sponsored 13 rounds of collective learning and many themed activities to better act on Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and strengthen its political and ideological work.

Women's federations at all levels have held publicity and education activities, which included speech contests, online quizzes and the screening of patriotic movies, in a move to help local women officials have a better understanding of the essence and key points of Xi Jinping Thought and integrate what they have learnt into their personal work.

Furthermore, female delegates to the 19th CPC National Congress have been invited to hold online and offline interactions with locals in 14,942 public events, which drew the attendance of 772,700 people in total.

Winners the titles of the provincial March 8th Red-Banner Holders or March 8th Red-Banner Pacesetter have taken part in similar gatherings and spoken with audiences about their exemplary stories.

Expanding Channels to Connect, Serve Women

SWF added 14 women from the grassroots level to its executive committee at a meeting in August. The representation of women from different ethnic groups, industries and social sections has thus expanded from 26 percent to 41.05 percent, which surpasses the threshold of 40 percent as stated in the reform plan.

As many as 99.6 percent of villages across the entire province have already completed the transformation of former women's committees into women's federations, while 98 percent of  township-level women's federations have finished their work on regional building.

A total of 16,320 women-centered bodies have been set up in local non-public economic organizations and social institutes with the aim of better connecting and serving the public.

The provincial women's federation has invited female representatives at the grassroots level to attend its major conference and boosted the public's willingness in the selection of women role models, which enabled it to better connect itself with women from different sections of the society.

In addition, SWF has made full use of the online platforms and resources to facilitate its interactions and ties with locals.

Solving Difficulties

Local women's federations made a closer implementation of President Xi's keynote speech and instructions at a symposium on poverty relief held in the provincial capital Taiyuan in June 2017.

They also strengthened their efforts in the assistance of disadvantaged women in terms of helping them have a firm faith in escaping poverty and acquiring vocational skills to improve their situation.

Women's federations in Shanxi have provided many job fairs for female laid-off workers, college graduates and other underprivileged groups to find suitable employment. A collection of online and offline contests have been staged to allow local skilled women to demonstrate their competence and gain the attention of prospective employers.

Since 2017, 480 demonstration bases have been built in 58 poverty-stricken counties in Shanxi, which have helped 13,307 disadvantaged women get employed over the past two years. Local governments have sponsored over 900 training sessions designed to impart vocational skills to impoverished women. These have led to the employment of nearly 30,000 people during the same period.

Meanwhile, local women's federations worked closely with other government departments in safeguarding the rights and interests of underprivileged women and children in other aspects.

For instance, SWF contributed major efforts to the enactment of a local regulation just before this year's International Children's Day (June 1). The regulation promotes the sound development of family education and builds on a positive environment for local children in their growth.

Nearly 600 rounds of public lectures have been held to disseminate scientific knowledge on family education, winning the attendance of 87,055 people. Some 37 practice bases have been built to help locals learn more about positive family rules and traditions, while 632 activity centers have been set up to promote parent-child reading amongst local families.

Statistics show that the women's federations at various levels in Shanxi this year received 1,275 cases of letter and visits from the public, and resolved 96.6 percent of complaints and disputes related to marital and family affairs.

Thousands of public events have been organized to increase local women's legal awareness and encourage them to better observe laws and make full use of legal regulations in the protection of their rights and interests.

In addition, the provincial government allocated 50 million yuan to help local rural women from poverty-hit counties receive free screening against breast and cervical cancer and distributed 9.88 million yuan amongst 988 disadvantaged women in the treatment of their cervical or breast cancer.

The provincial women's federation has released 235,000 yuan to help girls dropouts return to school under the Spring Bud charity initiative and allocated 1.88 million yuan to build drinking facilities in drought-hit regions under the Water Cellar for Mothers project.

Moreover, it has emphasized the protection of children's rights and the integration of gender equality into curricular programs in nine-year compulsory education.

President of SWF Zhang Bao said local women will strive for new progress with full vigor and morale and shoulder their responsibility in the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects in the future.

(Source: China Women's News / Translated and edited by Women of China)

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