At the invitation of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), Anita Zhu, President of the All Africa Chinese Women's Association, headed a 10-member delegation to Beijing and South China's Hainan Province from December 23-28, 2016.
Cui Yu, Vice-President and Member of the Secretariat of ACWF, met the delegation in Beijing on December 23. Cui and the delegates discussed measures to deepen friendship and learn good practices in enhancing people-to-people exchanges between China, South Africa and other African countries.
The delegation visited ACWF's headquarters in Beijing. Lu Yamin, Deputy Director-General of ACWF's International Liaison Department, outlined ACWF's contributions in representing women, safeguarding women's rights, promoting gender equality and leading 650 million Chinese women in supporting China's economic and social construction.
Zhu talked about the differences in women's development between Africa and China. On behalf of her association, Zhu said she hoped to learn China's effective measures for boosting African countries' economic and social development.
During their stay in Beijing, the delegates met officials from the China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful National Reunification, and visited China National Children's Center and China National Museum of Women and Children.
The delegation began its visit in Hainan Province on December 25. He Xiqing, Vice-Governor of Hainan, met the delegation and briefly talked about Hainan's economic development and the provincial women's federation's work. The delegates also met officials of the Foreign Affairs Office of Hainan Province, with whom they discussed how to enhance cooperation in agriculture, tourism and education between Hainan and African countries.
The delegation donated 130,000 yuan (US $19,403) to establish a Spring Bud class in a primary school in Ding'an County. The money will be used to help 20 girls finish their compulsory education (from grades 1-6). They also donated 200 sets of desks and chairs. The delegates visited Haikou, Qionghai and Sanya, where they communicated with local women.
(Executive Editor: YE SHAN, Women of China English Monthly February 2017 Issue)
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