Women in Action: Women's Federations' Reform Initiatives Connect Females Nationwide

September 5, 2017
By Women VoiceEditor: Rong Chen
Women in Action: Recalling Women's Federation Initiatives Connecting Females Nationwide
[Women Voice]

 

The Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee held a work conference on the nation's mass-level organizations in June 2015.

At the event, President Xi Jinping made keynote remarks for the first time in the history of the Party.

The event demonstrated that the CPC Central Committee with Xi as the core leader has highlighted the importance of such organizations in relevance to the Party and its overall work at an unprecedented level.

The conference also has a significant and far-reaching impact to the development of mass organizations.

The All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) acted in accordance with the CPC Central Committee and fully carried out its Reform Plan.

The plan is a guidance to women's federations at all levels in breaking the ice and further strengthening united interactions between organizations at various levels.

The whole federation system has achieved remarkable reform progress over the past year.

Recently, Women Voice, a news media publicity platform of the ACWF, launched a special column featuring multiple reform initiatives carried out by women's federations since June 2015.

At the beginning of the mass organizations' reform in the autumn of the same year, the ACWF regarded the Internet and new media as two major breakthroughs in advancing reform.

After one year of exploration and construction, federations at various levels combined efforts to establish an intertwined network based on the Internet and new media.

Currently, almost every official has his or her own work-related group on the popular instant messaging app WeChat. They include: Song Xiuyan, vice-president and first member of the Secretariat of the ACWF, other members of the ACWF's Secretariat, directors of ACWF's departments, and federation presidents at the levels of province, city and county across the country.

Statistics show two thirds organizations among nationwide provinces, municipalities or autonomous regions and above 80 percent of county or community-level federations can conduct work online.

Over one third of grassroots organizations have launched their own WeChat groups.

Nationwide federations have established more than 6,700 websites or new media platforms in total. Among them, Women Voice takes the national lead.

The number of online chat groups has surpassed 900,000, connecting around 110 million women and federation officials.

Those new media approaches enable women to connect to the federation; ask for help via easy-to-scan QR codes; and, share their life achievements.

The following is an example about how women's federations use their online platform to work.

The grassroots federation in the village of Beitang, near Changxing County, in east China's Zhejiang Province recently launched a women's functional chat group to expand users' shared influence on the Internet.

Each group has advertized its contact information on a public notice board. The content includes the introduction to the group leader, the group number, and a QR code.

Local residents can join and connect to the group when they scan the code.

A female villager surnamed Wang suffered heartbroken sorrows due to the loss of her son.

After she became a member, Wang shared her story with other people in this group. She also participated in many associated initiatives and began enjoying different kinds of women's activities together with other villagers.

The situation of Wang proved that women's issues, no matter they are big or small, are all the concern of women's federations.

(Source: Women Voice/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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