Female representatives put forward women-centric ideas at two sessions

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/3/5 18:27:57

Female representatives from Guizhou Province go into an NPC meeting wearing traditional ethnic costume. Photo: CFP

Actresses Song Chunli (left) and Song Dandan show up for CPPCC discussions on culture and arts. Photo: CFP

Lu Yaping, businesswoman in cloth sales and CPPCC National Committee member for Haimen, Jiangsu Province, suggests giving couples with second children tax cuts. Photo: CFP

Song Zuying, famous soloist, shows up for CPPCC discussions. Photo: CFP

Qin Jianning, deputy of Zhuang ethnic group from Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, is being interviewed. Photo: CFP

Li Lanjuan (left) and Deng Nan converse during a CPPCC meeting on technology. Li is a disease control expert and Deng is the daughter of former leader Deng Xiaoping. Photo: CFP

China's two annual national legislative sessions kicked off last Friday. Among the attendees of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the National People's Congress (NPC), the female representatives in particular drew a lot of attention, given the proximity of International Women's Day on Wednesday.

China has a national policy encouraging women to participate in politics and discuss policies. Local governments have been told to pay particular attention to promoting female policymakers and civil servants, and encourage them to bring up important issues.

Every year, female representatives at the two sessions help address issues facing the country by giving their unique point of view. For example, this year, there will be discussions about protecting girls from sexual harassment, ensuring rural women get equal access to education and providing mothers with adequate childcare resources.

 
Newspaper headline: Women speaking up


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