Du Shuang at her office [workercn.cn]
Since graduating in international law two years ago, a young female official from an outlying suburb of Beijing has been wholeheartedly serving people in her rural area.
Du Shuang is an assistant to the Party chief of Beishicao Village in Shunyi District in the capital.
Du previously studied at China University of Political Science and Law. Soon after leaving college, she began to work at her current post.
In the last months, she has developed strong feelings for those in the area. "I hope I can continue to work here and do more things for local villagers," she told journalists.
In her first few weeks, she acquainted herself with the work of the villagers' committee and grasped a general idea of the conditions.
She found villagers showed growing legal awareness. But although many of them wanted to safeguard their rights through law, they met difficulties during the practical manipulation, including how to file an indictment; how to defend themselves in court; and, how to choose a lawyer.
To solve their difficulties, she established a legal center under the assistance of the villagers' committee, providing free counseling to locals in her spare time. In addition, she invited several other village officials, who were also law graduates, to serve at the center. They often gave up their weekends and holidays to do work at the center.
"I remember there was a case involving the interests of the village. To achieve a better result, we village officials often discussed it till midnight. Some cases were relatively complicated and time-consuming, but when I saw villagers' rights and interests protected, I felt especially pleased. It gave me a strong sense of accomplishment," she said.
Since the establishment of the center, Du and her counterparts have offered over 50 counseling services and filed more than 10 legal papers. Aside from handling villagers' legal problems, they have also enhanced villagers' legal awareness and knowledge, and prevented many potential problems in a timely manner.
Moreover, as a veteran Party member, Du is always strict with herself and serves people earnestly, say those who know her. She is always available whenever villagers need her help and has gained great popularity among locals.
"Although what I have done is a small matter, villagers' simple and honest expression of feelings often touched me a lot. I am happy to stay here for them," she concluded.
(Source: Beijing Youth Daily/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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