China: Liwen Wang

My heart belongs to the projects for the elderly and the children.

— Liwen Wang

Wang Liwen is the deputy chair of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (Cppcc) of Leshan City and an enthusiastic social worker. She is a defender of the rights of women and children, as well as an advocate for the development of ethnic minority areas. Though suffering from long hours of work and poor health, she has never stopped working.

Wang Liwen is a member and the deputy chair of the Cppcc of Leshan City. Since 1990, Wang has been deputy mayor of Leshan City of Sichuan Province of China, member of the Working Committee for Women and Children, and president of the Red Cross of Leshan City. She founded a kindergarten in 1993. Despite her ill health at the time, she impressed many people with her efforts at raising funds for the kindergarten. In 1996, she pioneered setting up a private-funded residence for the elderly. These projects for the elderly and children may be small in scale but they required enormous effort and their effects have been far-reaching. Wang seeks no compensation for her hard work. Over the years, she has also worked for the well-being of women peasants. Having founded the Leshan Women Housework School, she then worked with women peasants, impressing upon them the importance of good preparation and client identification to avoid scams and frauds while finding a job. To purchase teaching facilities, she has made frequent trips to rally the support of relevant departments of the government. Whenever a woman student finds a placement, she keeps in touch with her to offer support if needed. As the Cppcc holds its meeting in Beijing once a year, she also takes this opportunity to visit students who are working there.

Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (Cppcc) of Leshan City