Hunan Province Political Advisory Body Elects Female President

February 23, 2016
Editor: Frank Zhao

Li Weiwei, new president of  Hunan's local political advisory body, the Provincial Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), at the advisory body's meeting in Changsha in January. [hunanzx.gov.cn]

The political advisory body of central China's Hunan Province elected a female president at its general meeting held in the province's capital of Changsha in late January.

Li Weiwei, 58, who became president of Hunan Provincial Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), is currently the fourth woman to hold such a position at the same level nationwide. Li has been active in Hunan's political arena for more than 20 years, having previously worked as member of the Standing Committee of the Hunan Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) until 2006.

Later, she shifted her role to the head of the united front work and discipline departments of the CPC's Hunan Provincial Committee.

China has recently made efforts to improve women's participation in consultative democracy and promote the role of women representatives to the CPPCC.

According to State Council, China's cabinet, the proportion of women members at the first session of the 12th CPPCC national committee in 2013 was 17.8 percent, 4.1 percentage points higher than 20 years ago.

(Source: people.com.cn/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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