Women's Congress Delegate Strives for a Better Life for Villagers


A delegate to the 12th National Women's Congress of China (NWC) from south China's Guangdong Province has dedicated her life to helping villagers, especially women, children and elders, live better lives over the past two decades.

Wu Yuanfang is the president of Baishi Women's Federation in Heyuan City, Guangdong.

Many residents of Baishi, a poverty-stricken village, have left home to work elsewhere in recent years. As a result, many women and children were "left behind."

Since she became the director of the village's women's committee in 1995, Wu has tried her best to help the women and children improve their lives.

During her trip to Beijing to attend the NWC, Wu takes the notebook, in which she has recorded her work experiences over the years, with her. "I have written down, in the notebook, the needs and wishes of the orphans, single mothers and disadvantaged children in our village," says Wu.

Over the years, Wu, who has treated the villagers like they were her relatives, has always been ready to help them.

For example, she took sick left-behind children to her home to take care of them, and helped the children call their parents. 

Moreover, Wu has organized volunteers, including Party (Communist Party of China) members and "agent mothers," to provide services to left-behind women, children and elderly residents who live alone, and offered one-on-one assistance to disadvantaged children.

With the care and support of women's federations, at all levels in Shiyuan, Baishi set up the Women and Children's Home in October 2012.

Since then, Wu has been even busier, spending much time managing daily affairs at the home. The home is open regularly every week for villagers to study or attend activities.

There is a guest book in the activity room, where villagers often write down their needs and wishes and ask Wu for help.

Before going off duty every day, Wu habitually reads through the book to see what problems women and children care most about.

In order to provide solutions, Wu in recent years has invited successful entrepreneurs to return home to start businesses and open factories in the industrial park near the village, so they could provide jobs to local women.

Wu was also a delegate to the 19th CPC National Congress. In the report to the congress, President Xi Jinping stressed the Chinese Government should implement more projects aimed at helping residents improve their livelihoods, which deeply touched Wu.

"President Xi mentioned the word 'people' over 100 times in his report. As I listened, I was moved to tears," Wu recalls.

"It shows that the CPC Central Committee, with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, has always cared about the people," Wu adds.

She mentions given the rapid rural economic development since the 18th CPC National Congress was held in 2012, the villagers' lives have improved markedly and the number of left-behind women and children in her village has decreased significantly.

"Almost all families in our village live in new buildings and drink safe running water, and the cement roads have been built to our doors," says Wu.

She believes that women and children's life will be better off in the future.

In response to the call of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), Baishi in December 2017 carried out a pilot reform to change the the village's women's committee into women's federation. Wu was elected president of the federation.

"In accordance with President Xi's requirements, we (Wu and other four members of the federation) will devote our efforts to help women and children in our village solve the difficulties in their lives," Wu adds.

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