Women's federations in northwest China's Gansu Province have strictly adhered to a problem-solving approach and advanced reform in key areas whilst spearheading the protection of women's rights and interests for years, according to officials.
Drawing upon the fast growth of internet-based technology, local women's federations at provincial, municipal and county levels have opened 409 public accounts on social media platforms such as Weibo and WeChat in total to share their major works and attract the attention of netizens over the past few years.
According to a recent poll conducted by the All-China Women's Federation, the official WeChat accounts of nine municipal women's federations in Gansu were listed nationwide among the top 50 accounts for their popularity and effectiveness.
Senior officials and other staff from Gansu Women's Federation (GWF) have regularly visited grassroots communities, held lectures and responded to their concerns in a move to deepen ties.
Women's federations at provincial, municipal and county levels have now completed the reelection of their leadership group, while local villages have all established their own federations on the basis of former village women committees.
Representation of members of different ethnic groups in various sections of society in GWF's executive and standing committees has witnessed a rise of eight and 14.2 percentage points respectively. Meanwhile, a large group of outstanding women have been included into the executive committees of women's federations at the grassroots level.
Poverty eradication has been another top priority for local women's federations over the past few years. Federations have sponsored a collection of vocational training for housekeeping practitioners, impoverished women, female farmers and entrepreneurs; released 3.89 billion yuan of micro-credit loans to 66,800 poverty-hit women in the assistance of their business ventures; and, set up 1,789 demonstration agricultural bases as well as workshops that helped 235,200 women find employment and increase their personal incomes.
Moreover, local women's federations have made full use of their online and offline resources to strengthen the work of family-oriented ethical progress, promoted the selection of model households, and curbed the phenomenon of unreasonable bride dowries.
The women's federations across the entire region have set up 129 mediation committees to deal with marital and family disputes and established 68 shelters to protect the rights and interests of victims of domestic violence.
In addition, they have raised and distributed large amounts of funds to underprivileged groups to improve their livelihoods and ease personal financial burdens. Those beneficiaries include impoverished women with breast and/or cervical cancer and children from migrant and single-parent families.
For instance, 4,950 students from poverty-stricken families in the province have now been under the coverage of Spring Bud Charity Program, which is designed to provide schooling support for impoverished children nationwide, while 4,328 impoverished women with breast and/or cervical cancer have been offered 10,000 yuan each toward the treatment of their illness.
(Source: China Women's News, Gansu Women's Federation / Translated and edited by Women of China)