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Researchers Release Study on Expectations, Knowledge of Women's Federations
Source:Chinese Women's Research Network | Release Date:2018-9-30-
Title: Researchers Release Study on Expectations, Knowledge of Women's Federations
Author: Xie Wen
Release Date: 2018/9/28
Keyword: Researchers, Expectations, Knowledge, Women's Federations

The All-China Women's Federation formed a research group in March and April last year to investigate the situation of women in the new social stratum of first-tier cities, in an effort to learn about women's awareness of and expectations for local federations.

After conducting studies in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, organizers published their surveys. The results indicate that women do understand and recognize women's federations and their work. They are willing to participate in the work and goals of the women's federations. However, their responses showed individual characteristics and differences in certain groups.

According to the survey, women in the new social class have high level of awareness of women's federations, with 90 percent of those surveyed recognizing their knowledge of the women's federations. Federations have carried out work over the years on medical assistance, student-assisted activities, and personal rights maintenance for vulnerable groups. These have achieved positive social repercussions and have been widely recognized, according to the authors.

Some 90 percent of women had an understanding of federation's work and projects such as the rural women's free cancer screening program, the Spring Bud Program, projects related to the prevention and suppression of domestic violence, Mother's Health Express, Water Cellar for Mothers, among others.

However, at the same time, young people in the new social class, especially women in their 20s, generally lack an in-depth understanding of women's federations.

In order to expand the effective working coverage of the organization and strengthen the work of grassroots organizations, women's federations have widely absorbed outstanding female representatives from all walk of life in the society as members of grassroots women's federation organizations. Federations have also promoted the establishment of women's organizations in new fields such as non-public economic organizations and social organizations. 

Furthermore, 86 percent of respondents in the new social stratum had an understanding of reform and innovation work.

Over half have participated in the activities of women's federations, but there are obvious group differences in participation.

In terms of occupational groups, women in intermediaries or social organizations participated most in the activities of women's federations. The proportion of participants who are enterprise management technicians in private or foreign-owned companies is relatively lower than that of other groups.

As for different age groups, higher proportions of participants are found among older women. Among those over 50s, some 78.5 percent have participated in such activities, while the proportion of those under 30 is relatively lower at 44.5 percent.

More specifically, nearly 90 percent of women in the new social classes are willing to participate as volunteers in social welfare activities organized by women's federations.

Workers in intermediary and social organizations showed the highest willingness, reaching 92.6 percent. Freelancers' participation levels were relatively low at 75 percent. 

In addition, nearly 80 percent of women are willing to become part-time workers of women's federations, among whom, women aged from 41 to 50 have the highest willingness, accounting for 82.7 percent. 

There were also a large number of women who expressed their willingness to be representatives to understand and report on women's demands, or to participate in women's federations activities through online platforms.

Furthermore, women in the new social classes have a strong sense of organizational identity with women's federations. They also expect women's federations to pay more attention to their interests. 

According to the interactive investigation, private or foreign-funded enterprise management technicians hope that women's federations can provide services regarding legal consultation and other rights protection services, build platforms and organize activities on family education counseling and childcare guidance. 

Among the demands of freelancers, providing support and services for entrepreneurial employment ranks top, followed by providing family education counseling and childcare guidance and legal counseling and other rights protection services.

As far as age group is concerned, women from 21 to 30 mostly hope women's federations can provide services in employment support, accounting for 68.3 percent; closely followed by providing legal counseling and other rights protection services at 66.3 percent. 

Meanwhile, women over 50 expect most help from women's federations on building platforms and organizing activities, accounting for 70 percent. Sixty-six percent of them ask for legal services and consultation.

(Source: Translated and edited by Women of China)
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