Exhibition of Nvshu held in Palace of nations, the United Nations Office at Geneva on April 19. [Xinhua]
An exhibition of China's Nvshu, a written language developed for and by women in remote parts of central China's Hunan province during ancient times, is on display at the United Nations Office in Geneva for nine days to commemorate the seventh "UN Chinese Language Day". The exhibition opened April 19.
Nvshu is usually written on paper or stitched on cloth and the unique characters are supposed to make people relate the words to women's postures.
According to experts, Nvshu was invented by women in ancient China who had no rights to get education. They used Nvshu to communicate with each other, record their daily life and write songs. It was popular in Jiangyong county of central China's Hunan Province and has since been inherited under the protection of the local government.
Michael Muller, the director-general of the United Nations Office at Geneva said, "It is unique that women use words invented by themselves to convey their emotions." He also spoke highly of China's government in the protection of the ancient language.
At the opening ceremony on April 19, Hu Xin and Pu Lijuan, masters of Nvshu gave UN the Universal Declaration of Human Rights written in Nvshu as present. They performed Nvshu calligraphy and sang songs in the language.
China's ambassador to United Nations office at Geneva and other international organizations in Switzerland said, "The purpose of this exhibition is to bring the charm of Nvshu to foreign ambassadors and show China's determination to strengthen communication and protect historian and cultural heritage as we promote the development of women's employment opportunities worldwide."
Hu Xin (left), heir of Nvshu explains the Universal Declaration of Human Rights written in Nvshu to Michael Muller, the director-general of the United Nations Office at Geneva. [Xinhua]
(Source: Xinhua / Translated and edited by Women of China)
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