Jiangsu Women's Federation Helps Grassroots Women Fulfill 'Chinese Dream'

  • December 10, 2013
  • By Shen Fuxuan
  • Editor: Yao Yao & Liu Yunting
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Jiangsu Women's Federation Helps Grassroots Women Fulfill 'Chinese Dream'
Women representatives and volunteers of eastern China's Jiangsu Province pledge to help fulfill the dreams of grassroots women and children in the province during an activity held in conjunction with the 12th Jiangsu Women's Congress in the province's capital city of Nanjing on December 3, 2013. [Jiangsu Women's Federation / Shen Fuxuan]
The achievements of a campaign launched by eastern China's Jiangsu Women's Federation to help grassroots women fulfill their 'Chinese Dream' and promote volunteerism were showcased at an activity held on December 3, 2013.

The event was held in conjunction with the 12th Jiangsu Women's Congress, which kicked off on the same day in the province's capital of Nanjing with more than 800 women representatives from across the province present at the activity.

The campaign was launched in July 2013 by the Jiangsu Women's Federation in line with the 'mass line' campaign launched by the Communist Party of China (CPC) to cement Party-people ties and a national publicity and education campaign on the 'Chinese Dream' launched by the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) earlier this year.

Over the past four months, working staff of the women's federations and women volunteers in Jiangsu visited communities, rural areas, schools and factories to find out more about the needs of grassroots women and children and discover ways to solve their difficulties and help them fulfill their dreams.

During the activity, inspiring stories were told of women achieving their dreams, including stories of promoting female college graduates' employment and entrepreneurship in Changzhou City, women looking after disadvantaged senior citizens in Wuxi City and Nanjing mothers volunteering to seek medical resources for orphans with serious diseases.

The 'Chinese Dream' is one of the key points of Chinese President Xi Jinping's address at the closing meeting of the first session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) on March 17, 2013.

During his speech, Xi pledged to rely on and benefit the people in achieving the 'Chinese Dream,' which is "a dream of the whole nation, as well as of every individual."

The ACWF urged women's federations at all levels to organize various activities such as forums, lectures and entertainment performances in communities and grassroots areas to strengthen women's sense of cohesion in their pursuit of a good life through the Chinese way, or the way of socialism with Chinese characteristics.

The 'mass line' is a methodology of the CPC, introduced by Chairman Mao Zedong to compel the CPC rank and file to stay close to the people. It is back in the limelight after top CPC leaders decided in April 2013 to launch a year-long 'mass line' campaign in the second half of this year in a bid to strengthen Party-people ties.

The 'mass line' campaign was officially launched at a meeting of the Political Bureau of CPC Central Committee in June. Party General Secretary Xi Jinping said in his speech at the meeting that the campaign will be a "thorough cleanup" of undesirable work styles. He said the campaign was a crackdown on the "four forms of decadence", that is, "formalism, bureaucratism, hedonism and extravagance".

To adhere to the mass line, Party members have been asked to reflect on their actions and correct their misbehavior in order to form closer ties with the people.

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