Chairperson of the China Disabled Persons' Federation Zhang Haidi delivers a report at the sixth national congress of the China Disabled Persons' Federation in Beijing on September 17, 2013. [Xinhua]
Zhang Haidi was re-elected as chairperson of the China Disabled Persons' Federation (CDPF) at the organization's sixth national congress in Beijing on September 19, 2013.
Deng Pufang was re-elected as the CDPF's honorable chairperson at the congress and 10 vice chairpersons were also elected or re-elected at the congress, which was attended by more than 600 representatives of China's 85 million disabled people.
Zhang, regarded as China's Helen Keller or China's Pavel Korchagin, was first elected as CDPF's chairperson in 2008. Since the early 1980s, she has been championing disabled people’s rights in China.
Born in 1955, Zhang contracted polio at the age of 5 and following four operations to remove tumors from her spine, was left paralyzed from the waist down. Zhang was unable to attend school but educated herself to university level. She learned several foreign languages including English, Japanese, German and Esperanto and has worked as a writer and translator. In 1993, she was awarded a master's degree in philosophy by Jilin University in northeast China's Jilin Province.
(Source: China Women's News/Translated by womenofchina.cn)
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