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10-day Event Promotes Gender Equality,
Sustainable Development in Beijing

July 23, 2018

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By Zhang YuanEditor: Wang Yue

Some 30 young volunteers from 11 countries around the world take part in the Smart Lady, Smart Life Action 2018 campaign. [Beijing Women's Federation]


The Smart Lady, Smart Life Action 2018 kicked off o­n July 1 in Beijing, with the aim of promoting gender equality and sustainable development.

The event was hosted by Beijing Women's Federation (BWF), the Foreign Affairs Office of the People's Government of Beijing Municipality, and co-sponsored by Beijing Women's International Communication Center, Chaoyang District Women's Federation and Beijing International Chinese College.

Some 30 young volunteers from 11 countries around the world took part.

During the 10 days of activities, volunteers visited communities and families in Chaoyang District to exchange family cultures of different countries. They also visited the China National Museum of Women and Children, China Women's University and Beijing Qiushi College to popularize the gender equality concept by sharing the Chinese-English bilingual educational brochure Gender Equality Benefits Everyone, and they further understood the development of Chinese women and children and the importance of women's development in social progress.

Young volunteers served at Beijing Chenguang Rehabilitation Center for Cerebral Palsy Children and climbed the Badaling Great Wall to publicize the concept of gender equality and natural heritage protection to tourists from all over the world.

The volunteers also visited the Chinese Folk Art Classroom where they learned to paint Peking Opera masks and make kites.

The participants pay attention to the status and needs of women and children, promote the realization of the UN's sustainable development goals concerning gender equality. At the same time, they enhance the understanding of cultural diversity and know more about a new Beijing - a combination of tradition and modernity.

Zhao Haiying, vice-president of BWF, gave a speech at the event's closing ceremony.

Zhao said that the action aims to inherit and carry forward the spirit of the UN's Fourth World Conference o­n Women and encourage the younger generation to form a consensus to build a community with a shared future for mankind in the process of globalization with the guidance of the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action.

Zhao also said the young volunteers' warm service and active devotion in the activity impressed people deeply. She hoped that volunteers would further spread the positive spirit involved to each corner of the world.

Volunteers expressed their understanding of volunteering, gender equality and sustainable development by displaying some creative videos and specific data analysis. They promised to disseminate the concept of gender equality after returning home and make efforts to cooperate with Chinese youth to build a harmonious and open community with a shared future for mankind.

At the event, representatives of BWF and leaders of relevant departments presented volunteer certificates to the participants.

Since its launch in 2014, the Smart Lady Smart Life Action campaign has attracted over 100 Chinese and foreign volunteers and thousands of juveniles from 31 countries.



(Women of China)







Children With Disabilities A Priority For Education

March 21, 2018

Editor: Qiao Ziyu

Lu Yong, deputy director of the State Council Work Committee for the Disabled, answers media questions after the seventh plenary meeting of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 19, 2018. [Xinhua]


China will use distance education and door-to-door teaching to bring compulsory education to the country's 240,000 children with disabilities in remote and impoverished regions, according to a senior official.

Lu Yong, deputy director of the State Council Work Committee for the Disabled, said China is home to 1.68 million children with disabilities under the age of six, including 220,000 living in poverty.

Lu said the central government has taken "multiple measures" since 2012 to ensure their access to education, including unveiling a revised ordinance o­n special education and two upgraded plans o­n this front.

China also built a database for the group, adopting individualized education methods depending o­n their situations, he said.

Though much progress has been made and the majority is covered by compulsory education, the deputy director said "much remains to be done."

According to Lu, the country still has some 240,000 children with disabilities who failed to access compulsory education, mainly due to their critical conditions or living in impoverished and remote areas.

"For such cases, we would consider methods including distance education or sending teachers to their homes. But the poor infrastructure in rural China brings difficulties. Therefore, we also call for more of the public to get involved," he said.



1st Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Forum o­n Women Held in Beijing

May 17, 2018


Editor: Su Yilin

The first Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Forum o­n Women opens in Beijing.  [Women of China/Fan Wenjun]


The first Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Forum o­n Women, held by the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), was convened in Beijing o­n May 16.

The theme of the forum was "Harnessing the Power of Women for Common Development".

Some 200 representatives attended the Forum, including participants from the SCO member states, observer states and dialogue partners as well as diplomats of relevant SCO countries' embassies in China and representatives of the SCO Secretariat and UN agencies.

Shen Yueyue, Vice-Chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) and President of the ACWF [Women of China/Fan Wenjun]


Shen Yueyue, Vice-Chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) and President of the ACWF, attended and addressed the opening ceremony. She pointed out that since the SCO was established in 2001, its members have been exerting efforts to build a community with shared future. She added Chinese President Xi Jinping made five proposals at last year's SCO summit in Astana, stating clearly the direction of future development of the organisation.

The forum o­n women was not o­nly an active implementation of President Xi’s proposals, but also a platform for exchanges and cooperation among SCO countries, o­n women and o­n the well-being of peoples, which contributed wisdom and strength to building a community with shared future for mankind.

Shen proposed three suggestions for women's communication among SCO countries.

First, women from SCO countries should always remain true to their original aspiration and carry forward the "Shanghai Spirit" featuring mutual trust, mutual respect, equality, mutual consultations, respect for cultural diversity and a desire for common development. Second, SCO countries should deepen practical cooperation and strengthen women's cultural exchanges. Third, SCO countries should remain open and inclusive for common development.

She concluded that the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Chinese government have always attached great importance to women's development. Under the firm leadership of the Central Committee of the CPC with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, Chinese women's causes have made new progress, and Chinese women have made a full play of their unique role in holding up half of the sky in the Chinese dream of revitalizing the nation. We would like to join hands with women in all SCO countries to harness the power of women, take concrete actions to contribute to the advancement of the SCO countries, promote international cooperation for the "Belt and Road"  Initiative, and enhance the lasting peace and common prosperity in the world.


Song Xiuyan, Vice President and First Member of the Secretariat of the All-China Women's Federation [Women of China/Fan Wenjun]


Rashid Alimov, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Secretary-General [Women of China/Fan Wenjun]


Tanzila Narbaeva, Uzbekistan's Deputy Prime Minister and President of the National Women's Committee [Women of China/Fan Wenjun]


Qian Hongshan, Vice Minister of the International Department of the Central Committee of Communist Party of China [Women of China/Fan Wenjun]


Song Xiuyan, Vice President and First Member of the Secretariat of the ACWF, presided over the opening ceremony. Those who attended and addressed the Forum also included Tanzila Narbaeva, Uzbekistan's Deputy Prime Minister and President of the National Women's Committee; Qian Hongshan, Vice Minister of the International Department of the Central Committee of Communist Party of China; and Rashid Alimov, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Secretary-General.

from: Rosa Dalmiglio





Women and Children in Beijing Harmony Museum

by Rosa Dalmiglio


           The Museum of Women and Children is the country’s first state-level museum focusing o­n women and children, it is hence a main source of data o­n the history of Chinese women and children and China’s achievements in undertaking to further their development. The museum is also a medium for expanding cultural communication among women and children in the international community. Located o­n the northside of the East Changfan Street trunk line at the center of Beijing, the museum building occupy 35,000 square meters. The main purpose of the Museum of Women and Children is to compile, exhibit and conduct research o­n cultural artefacts relating to women and children, to promote undertakings that further their development and provide services to them. The museum has place o­n exhibit representative items, pictures, and cultural and artistic works that relate to the daily lives of women and children. The extensive range of cultural relicts and comprehensive exhibitions housed in the museum provide apanoramic insight into the social activities and family life of Chinese women and children. They encompass relevant aspects of economy, politics, military affairs, culture, education, science and technology, sanitation, and sports over the past 5,000 years, from the standpoints of subsistence, changes of status, cultural customs, prominent figures, and social contributions. The museum constitutes a sociological database o­n women and children and the evolution of undertakings o­n their behalf throughout history, and a visitor’s encyclopedia o­n the Chinese family. The museum building features contemporary elegant architectural elements. The curved ceiling symbolized female gentleness and charm and the huge oval kaleidoscope embedded in it youthful innocence and vitality. The “Curve Embedded Kaleidoscope” hence signifies womanly nurture of child-like exuberance. The inferior color scheme of white metal board installed with panel of gray glassgives the building a look of elegant and purity that contrasts perfectly with the riot of bold, diverse colors that the electronickaleidoscope projects.

           The diverse styles of exhibition design harmonize with the museum’s architecture. They include board exhibitions, dislays of cultural relicts that reflect daily life and recreational pastimes and sand-tray models, as well as phantom and virtual imaging, digital film representations and simulation of history. These universal approaches create for each visitor an interactive and intensely personal experience. The museum features advanced equipment and comprehensive systems, linked and controlled by self-activating strands of sound, light and information that operate o­n minimum energy. They combine to ensure museum, as well as public security, through visual, audio and thermal monitoring automatic temperature and humidity control and self-activating sprinkler systems. Museum walls and ceiling are also soundproof. Visitors can enjoy this calm but stimulating ambience as they wander at their own pace through the exhibition halls, installation and video halls. There are also ample nursing room facilities and places to sit and digest newly acquired knowledge.

          Regarded as a great event in the development history of undertakings for China’s women and children, and the common dream of Chinese revolutionists and social workers, the Museum of Chinese Women and Children is affiliated to the All-China-Women’s Federation. It, other women’s organization and societyhave resources in the common effort to actualize the principle of socialized construction. A portion of building funds came from the government, the majority from the All-China-Women’s Federation foundation. The CCP governmental departments, cultural museums, institutions of the People’s Liberation Army, and citizens from all walks have helped in the work of come in the museum’s cultural relic exhibits. The completed construction of the Museum of Chinese Women and Children reflects the care for and common effort by the Party, government and society to nurture China’s women and children. It also signifies the rapid development of their undertakings in this connection throughout the process of building a socialist-society with Chinese characteristics, for social HARMONY.





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