Officials from Quanzhou City, southeast China's Fujian province, shared their experience in implementing the National Program for Women's Development (2011-2020) and the National Program for Child Development (2011-2020), known as the "two programs," at a training course for general office directors of working committees on women and children in Fujian November 2018.
Up till now, Fujian has fulfilled 49 of 100 indicators in advance as specified in the 12 areas of the "two programs." Meanwhile, 43 further items are expected to be achieved soon, according to a spokesperson.
Quanzhou has been active in guiding the public's attention to the work on women and children's affairs; strengthening resources integration among various departments; and, following the leadership of the Party committee and government. Furthermore, the city has coordinated functional departments, and guided people's organizations to effectively guarantee the legitimate rights and interests of women and children.
Quanzhou Municipal Party Committee and the government have attached great importance to the work on women and children, and implemented the "two programs", as the strategic goal of implementing new development philosophy.
They have also continued the Caring for Women and Children Project and included it in the government's annual practical projects to enhance locals' sense of happiness and fulfillment.
The city took the lead in the province in having the development of Children's Home centers and Women's Aid Center included into the work of its government. A city-level Children's Home demonstration site has carried out 300 activities such as public welfare lectures this year, benefiting over 30,000 children and parents.
The local Women's Aid Center has received 946 visits, calls and letters, and held over 150 events, involving 150,000 people.
In addition, all member units of the Quanzhou working committee on children and women have earnestly performed their duties and taken the initiative to jointly promote the development of women and children.
Organization departments have focused on the training and selection of female officials. Women now work in 100 percent of the leadership of municipal-level Party committees, people's congresses, governments, the CPPCC committees, and county-level Party committees and governments.
In the village-level general elections this year, departments at all levels of the city concentrated on promoting female officials working in village and community committees.
At present, the city has elected 139 female secretaries of village Party committees, accounting for 6.76 percent, an increase of 1.76 percent compared with the previous session; the proportion of women in the village Party branches has reached 19.85 percent, 5.59 percent higher than the previous session.
Last year, the rates of maternal mortality, infant mortality, mortality rate of children under 5, and the vaccination rate of eight vaccines included in the national immunization program, have all reached the final targets of the "two programs" ahead of schedule. Women's federations also took the lead in implementing 77 projects of the eight actions including Women's Contributions to Rural Revitalization and Leapfrog Development.
Meanwhile, the city has effectively incorporated the major and difficult issues in the implementation of the "two programs" into government supervision, and promoted it in a coordinated manner.
In July, departments such as the municipal government supervision office, the municipal education bureau, the civil affairs bureau, the human resources and social security bureau, and the health planning commission, conducted random checks of key issues in the implementation of the "two programs" in five counties (cities and districts).
The officials have made face-to-face communication and in-depth discussions proposed solutions, and issued a special report to supervise the solving of the problems found.
(Source: Cnwomen.com.cn/ Translated and edited by Women of China)
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