|Women participate in an embroidery contest in southwest China's Guizhou province. [Ce.cn]|
Organizers celebrated the fifth anniversary of a special project to implement the handicrafts industry in southwest China's Guizhou Province on October 11 in conjunction with an annual work promotion meeting.
Guizhou Provincial Government issued the Opinions on Implementing the Embroidery Plan for Women's Characteristic Handicrafts Industry in July 2013, aimed at improving the employment situation of local so-called "left-behind" women and promote entrepreneurship at home as a way of shaking off poverty.
After a year of operation, the plan was further upgraded with the help of Guizhou Women's Federation, and has since been listed among the ten concrete moves towards improving people's livelihood for three consecutive years. As of now, some 10,000 professional craftswomen have received training in the province, as per the plan.
By drawing upon both the rich national cultural resources and the unique advantages of ethnic minority women's craftsmanship, Guizhou has transformed its "fingertip skills" bases into the "fingertip economy".
According to official statistics, the province has established over 1,000 women's embroidery poverty alleviation bases as well as 1,354 specialty crafts and professional cooperatives. The output value of the characteristic embroidery industry among local women has reached well over 6 billion yuan.
Yang Liu, member of the Secretariat of the All-China Women's Federation, stated that Guizhou has explored a new model for poverty alleviation that both reflects women's advantages in inheriting national culture and promotes economic development, thereby helping women shake off poverty and achieving prosperity.
The initiative has also provided a wealth of experience for people fighting poverty across China to realize prosperity.
As the first national-level big data comprehensive experimental zone in the country, it is planned to set up a collection of handicrafts villages, sales outlets, cultural and folk art inns, and women's handmade products exhibition halls to play a part in the building of the embroidery plan platform that integrates demonstration, promotion and sales, according to local officials.
Relevant data indicates that since the implementation of the plan, the number of women engaged in the industry and related auxiliary industries has increased to nearly 500,000 people.
(Source: Chinanews.com/ Translated and edited by Women of China)
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