Shanghai Women's Federation in Action

October 17, 2018
Editor: Xie Wen

Shanghai Women's Federation (SWF) has been carrying out various activities in recent years to enhance the management of grassroots women's organizations and better serve local women and children, achieving many positive results, say officials.

In Shuxin Town, part of the city's Chongming District, the township women's federation has established 10 women's councils to discuss the people's opinions and suggestions and help resolve troubles in residents' daily lives.

Since the establishment of these women's councils, organizers have held 42 meetings and solved 110 practical issues.

Since the reform of SWF in November 2015, the federation has prioritized enlivening grassroots organization by establishing Women's Home centers. The organization also recruited professional elite members, young leaders, female overseas returnees, members of square dance groups, and stay-at-home mothers to participate in management.

In addition to the 5,764 Women's Home centers set up in villages, SWF has also established 1,536 organizations near public institutions such as schools and hospitals, as well as 314 in central business districts and parks. They also set up another 64 in public service stations, shops and residents' homes.

In response to the current demands for diversification and promoting the uniqueness of women's groups and women's needs, SWF has consciously expanded the socialization path in work, gathering and guiding professional women's social organizations in providing multi-faceted services for women, children and families.

Since 2014, SWF has invested 12 million yuan each year to explore practical ways of using financial funds and social resources and has built partnership with a large number of social organizations. These organizations typically draw upon professional advantages and specialties, and are willing to contribute and serve women and children.

In addition, SWF purchased a total of 699 public welfare service projects from social forces from 2014-2016, covering areas such as supporting women's development, caring for children in need, and building family civilization, which has benefited several million families.

Meanwhile, SWF also actively supported women's organizations with social influence to conduct activities, including salon activities and training courses among the organizations' managerial personnel, which have effectively enhanced women's abilities to run social organizations and serve society.

This move has supported establishment of 28 city-level women's social organizations, and has contacted and served over 1,050 outstanding social organizations in Shanghai.

SWF made special efforts to give full play to the Internet and provide comprehensive services through live broadcasting, posts and interactive messaging on social platforms such as WeChat and Weibo.

As of September 2018, the official WeChat account Shanghai Women has accumulated 217,000 followers; and 230,000 on Weibo.

Articles by Shanghai Women published on WeChat have been read a total of 8.846 million times in 2018.

In Hongkou District, a “two cancers (breast and cervical cancer)” screening information system is also available to women to check the details of checkups at any time. The WeChat group Mini-social established in Minhang District also allows women to share information on workplace promotion, child education and health, as well as ideas and suggestions for women's development.

At present, the member of Shanghai Women and Children Working Committee has expanded to 45; and, the working strength of women has been further enhanced. Some 7,678 women's Homes Centers have been established in Shanghai.

In addition, the participation rate of children's medical insurance reached 99 percent; and the sampling qualification rate of children's foodreached 99.8 percent. SWF also established a lifelong education system for women in Shanghai including the building of Shanghai Women's University, Women's College of the Open University, and learning centers in 16 districts.

More than 320,000 training sessions have been organized. Over 90 percent of parents of children aged from zero to 18 received family education guidance.

At present, the total number of executive committee members of women's federations at various levels in Shanghai has reached over 90,400, which is 3.7 times more than before the reform.

(Source: Cnwomen.cn/ Translated and edited by Women of China)

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