Kathmandu, July 22: Peng Liyuan, spouse of Chinese President Xi Jinping, has said that eliminating poverty and embracing happiness are the common aspirations of women.
“By receiving education, knowledge and skills, women can have the power to lift themselves out of poverty,” said Peng on Tuesday while addressing the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) forum on women’s education and poverty alleviation via video.
Peng is also a UNESCO special envoy for the advancement of girls’ and women’s education.
She said China has achieved a victory in the fight against extreme poverty, and hundreds of millions of Chinese women have been lifted out of poverty, according to a press statement issued by Committee of Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation of the SCO.
“China has adopted a series of measures to ensure women’s equal access to education and make them beneficiaries, participants and contributors in poverty alleviation,” she adding that the cause of reducing poverty through women’s education will have a strong impetus if a country attaches great importance to it, social organizations actively support it, and people from all walks of life make selfless contributions.
She mentioned how Guizhou’s provincial government motivated more than 500,000 women to work at home by developing a women-tailored handcraft industry, how more than 3 million poor girls have been able to complete their education under the nationally funded Spring Bud Project, and how teacher Zhang Guimei founded a free high school in the impoverished area that helped nearly 2,000 girls enter college.
With 435 million women still living in poverty in the world, the gender gap in education remains clear, Peng said, and the COVID-19 pandemic poses new challenges to reduce poverty for women.
The forum is jointly organized by the All-China Women’s Federation (ACWF), the Committee of Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation of the SCO and the Secretariat of SCO.