A total of 27 women from nine provinces across the country take part in a final contest on housekeeping services. [China Women's News]
The final of a contest in professional housekeeping services organized by the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) came to an end in east China's Shandong Province on December 29, 2016.
According to organizers, around 27 competitors from nine provinces across the country took part in the final contest, which was centered on household management, maternal and child care and elderly care.
The contest is part of work to implement Chinese President Xi Jinping's remarks about promoting the professional development of housekeeping services nationwide, which he delivered during an inspection tour of Shandong in 2013.
The ACWF has united related women-focused departments by releasing a notice concerning the nationwide housekeeping service contest in May, hoping to inspire more women to engage in the household management industry so as to help them escape poverty.
During the past six months, a total of 31 groups from some 30 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities and Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps in northwest China participated in the competition. The average age of the contestants was 39 years old and 53 percent have a college degree or above.
Moreover, 70 percent have a professional certificate related to the housekeeping services industry, some of whom were even presented with the government's allowance and the honor of the National Labor Medal for their outstanding performances.
The report showed that the ageing population in China has exceeded more than 138 million. Hence, around 90 percent need care for the elderly. Meanwhile, with the implementation of China's universal two-child policy, more families need household workers to help them care for their young babies.
However, the number of people who are occupied in the housekeeping services industry in the country is only around 20 million, which cannot satisfy the vast number of families' requirements of being provided with professional and personal housekeeping services.
Therefore, organizers claimed that the contest would greatly motivate more women to work in this industry while also demonstrating participating women's professional abilities to the public and advancing their development in an all-round way.
Accordingly, in recent years, the ACWF has positively responded to Xi's call for developing housekeeping services as its vital mission through carrying out training sessions and building training bases. With the ACWF's consistent efforts, a large population of laid-off women from rural regions and urban cities has found employment.
In addition, women's federations at all levels have also attached great importance to improving the skills and capabilities of domestic workers.
In 2016, the ACWF held 10 training sessions on housekeeping services and helped train around 1,500 backbone household workers for different parts of the country.
The statistics showed that more than 700,000 people have attended the housekeeping training sessions conducted by the grassroots women's federations at all levels and around 500,000 women's jobs have been settled.
Aside from this, during the period of the 13th Five-Year Plan, the ACWF and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security jointly released a notice incorporating the "housekeeping training scheme" into the nation's vocational training outline and the migrant workers' vocational skills plan.
The scheme aimed to help all women who are engaged in housekeeping services gain relevant professional skills by 2020.
So far, the women's federations in nine provinces have jointly united local governments to make related supporting policies to inject new vitality for the advancement of housekeeping services.
Women's federations at all levels have pushed for more efforts to establish and publicize outstanding housekeeping service enterprises in the local regions.
Accordingly, the ACWF will continue conduct various types of housekeeping contests from the aspects of theory and practical skills.
Attendees at the event. [China Women's News]
(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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