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Giving Women Bigger Role
November 11, 2011
China Works to Give Women Bigger Role
11-11-2011 09:15 BJT
With the International Forum on Women and Sustainable Development kicking off in Beijing, China will work to give women a bigger role as the world works to creating a more sustainable path of development. CCTV reporter Hou Na tells us the story of one woman whose success is encouraging others in the Chinese capital.
Zhao Fenglong begins her day at the office, meeting clients. But her career wasn’t always as stable.
After been laid-off with her husband in 2007, she started her own business, manufacturing and selling medical devices. It’s been a hard journey towards success for Zhao and her family, but she’s finally made it.
Zhao Fenglong said, "When I first got laid-off with my husband, life was extremely hard for us. We sold our house and started our company. At that time, not so many people knew about medical devices for the elderly. I think it’s a promising industry. "
Starting with about 500 thousand yuan in start up money, Zhao was able to run her business, making ends meet. But she still faces a big challenge on how to make a profit by selling her products on a larger scale.
"Though I can not make much profit now, I deeply believe my business will gradually take off as more people get to know our products. The women’s federation gave us a lot of support.."
Zhao hopes her experience will encourage more laid-off workers to have the courage to start again from scratch. As her business expands, she is hiring women who have been laid-off, to help them re-enter the workforce.
Stories like Zhao’s, though encouraging are still a rare case. In reality, most women across the world are still finding it hard to break out on their own.
At this year’s International Forum on Women and Sustainable Development, organizers are hoping to create more opportunities and safeguards for women. 300 representatives from 45 countries and regions are gathering in Beijing to discuss challenges and opportunities facing women across the globe.
Despite progress, problems still remain in protecting women’s rights. Home to the world’s largest population of women, China will continue its legislative endeavors, using its judicial, educational and economic resources to guarantee women enjoy equal opportunities and rights.
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