Organizers at the launch ceremony [CWDF]
The China Women's Development Foundation (CWDF) held a launch ceremony on July 17 in Shanghai for a charity competition to promote and reward female innovation and entrepreneurship in the field of crafts.
About the Competition
The Discover Master Craftswomen & She Power Competition is co-sponsored by Shanghai Jiangxing Cultural Promotion Center and local company SMART Xishi Town.
To enter, entrepreneurial projects are required to have at least one female initiator or be related to women-focused industries, said a spokesperson.
Through "online collecting, offline activities and all-media promotion," organizers hope to maximize efforts to realize targeted assistance and promote sustainable development of major intangible cultural projects. They also hope to mobilize more women than ever before to join the activity.
From August-October, a set of events – such as selection rounds, exhibitions and charity dinners – will be held in five Chinese cities.
These cities are Suzhou in east China's Jiangsu Province, Kunming in southwest China's Yunnan Province, Xiamen in southeast China's Fujian Province, Jinan in east China's Shandong Province and Urumqi in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
The shortlisted 108 candidates will receive seven days of special training.
In October, organizers will hold a three-day final. The top 10 projects to survive the final will receive initial investments.
The Opening Speech
During the ceremony, Zhang Lei, director of the International Cooperation Office of the CWDF, delivered the opening speech.
Zhang said the competition is organized to follow the concept of the Jiangxing (Master Craftspeople) Innovation and Development Fund to promote innovation and entrepreneurship.
It aims to cultivate and carry forward practical spirits; stimulate potential capacities of female startups; and, promote the passing down of ethnic crafts and the rejuvenation of traditional industries, she added.
"We hope that this contest can not only discover master craftspeople but also build a new charity development model, and through ensuing charity training and industrialization, help them adapt to information-based, commercialized business as well as industrial transformation and upgrading," she said.
"Meanwhile we'll tap women's 'half sky role' in the new era of 'mass entrepreneurship and innovation' and guide them to contribute toward the assimilation of ethnic groups, the realization of targeted poverty alleviation and the sustainable development of society and the economy."
Entrants are invited to scan the QR Code below and register for the competition.
Attendees at the ceremony [CWDF]
A craftswoman makes a work. [CWDF]
A craftswoman embroiders. [CWDF]
(Source: CWDF/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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