Hubei Mutual Defense Teams Help Left-behind Women

February 19, 2013
Editor: Hou Jianjun

Since 2011, the China Mobile Hubei Branch Company has launched mutual defense teams among villagers in central China's Hubei Province to offer a support system to left-behind women and children, said a chief of the company.

According to the chief, the team members can dial 995 when in need of help and the other team members will immediately be alerted. Currently, each team has ten members and the company plans to expand it to 20 members.

In Enshi City, the mutual defense team has dealt with more than 400 situations since it was founded in 2011, garnering recognition and praise from the provincial government. 

Since 2011, the China Mobile Hubei Branch Company has launched mutual defense teams among villagers in central China's Hubei Province to offer a support system to left-behind women and children. [Hubei Daily]

Since 2011, the China Mobile Hubei Branch Company has launched mutual defense teams among villagers in central China's Hubei Province to offer a support system to left-behind women and children. [Hubei Daily]


At a pilot village in Tianmen City, 180 villagers have joined the mutual defense teams. An elderly woman surnamed Tian, who is a member of such a team, told reporters that she has heart disease, but that her son and daughter-in-law have left the village to find work, leaving her and her grandchildren at home. "Whenever I need urgent help, I will dial 995," said Tian. "Several days ago, I had a heart attack. I dialed the number and several of my neighbors arrived in time and helped me out of danger."

Statistics show that as of January 2013, 14,648 mutual defense teams have been set up among 160,000 households in Hubei. They are expected to cover the 14 cities of the province by June 2013.

A survey report released by the Hubei Women's Federation earlier this year shows that Hubei currently has 2.368 million left-behind women whose husbands have gone to the cities to seek better paying jobs.

(Source: China Women's News / Translated by womenofchina.cn)

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