The women's federation in the city of Xianning, central China's Hubei Province, recently founded an organization in a local college to unite young female students.
Among a total of 200 people on the agricultural course at Xianning Vocational Technical College, 76 rural women have signed up to study full-time for three years.
Setting up a grassroots organization among such female farmers is an innovative initiative from the federation, and aligns closely with its reform spirit, said an official.
It is hoped that the initiative will strengthen the federation at the grassroots level and help connect and serve women, the official added.
"I pledge to contribute my enthusiasm, vigor and strength in leading women to achieve progress in rural development, and safeguarding the rights and interests of women and children," said Luo Wangxiu, president of the new organization.
As a professional animal breeder for 10 years, Luo made the remarks at the organization's recent congress and she vowed to share with villagers her rich entrepreneurship experience and resources.
Ma Chenjie, vice-president of the organization, said: "We will carry out a series of activities soon to help female students in many ways, such as by information-sharing and mutual assistance projects. Our aim is to lead farmers to shake off poverty and advance rural development."
"I want to become a role model during my study and lead villagers to promote campaigns among villagers, for example through the federation's selection of Civilized Households," said Zhou Jiqiu, an executive committee member of the organization.
Chen Hailian, president of Xianning Women's Federation, urged officials of the new organization to strengthen their connections with women at the grassroots level and select capable women to fully play their roles in achieving progress in rural areas.
(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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