Erdunqiqige (front R3) speaks at a symposium of the ACWF focusing on women's federation reform and new media. [East Ujimqin Women's Federation]
The All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) recently issued a National Women Making Achievement Pacesetter Award to a grassroots federation president in honor of her outstanding work competence.
Among many of her achievements, she innovatively founded a local Women's Home activity center in a moveable Mongolian yurt, which is suited to this scarcely-populated area.
Moreover, the grassroots federation's president encouraged officials to take advantage of new media in connecting residents on the prairie and organizing activities.
For example, the federation promoted the campaign Looking for the Most Beautiful Family online.
The president is also good at dealing with disputes because she used to work at local petition department.
Based on her previous work experience, the president founded and further improved local work mechanisms in terms of petitioning and legal assistance. For example, many legal service stations were set up across the region with the aim of offering legal advice to women in safeguarding their rights and interests.
Erdunqiqige also delivered condolence goods worth of over 400,000 yuan (U.S.$ 59,700) during her multiple visits to a total of 248 disadvantaged women and children.
She helped another 30 women get the special assistance funds for those who have breast and cervical cancers. Each could get 10,000 yuan (U.S.$ 1,492).
To develop local industry of stock raising, the grassroots federation president raised funds from the subsidized microcredit scheme worth 19.42 million yuan (U.S.$ 2.23 million) for 314 local women who wanted to start businesses on their own.
A local handcraft association set up by the president has focused on increasing Mongolian women's annual revenues by developing their traditional costume-making styles.
The president also founded a service team for the benefit of residents in villages and communities.
Female volunteers involved in the team pay regular visits to elderly people who live alone; jointly knit sweaters for disadvantaged children; and, organize breast and cervical screenings for women.
Another proposal from the federation president was the founding of many lecture teams in spreading knowledge on family education and positive social ethos.
Her suggestion was later approved by authorities. So far, a total of 13 teams have organized over 30 lectures, which are popular among locals.
Erdunqiqige (R1) explains to grassroots women's federation officials about the knowledge of safeguarding women's rights and interests. [East Ujimqin Women's Federation]
An official from East Ujimqin Women's Federation helps local herders fill in their balance sheets. [East Ujimqin Women's Federation]
Federation officials (L1 and L2) give leaflets to youth during the campaign Say No to Drugs. [East Ujimqin Women's Federation]
(Source: Women Voice/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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