Across The Desert,Travel Through History: The note of commemoration of the tenth anniversary of PeaceWomen Across the Global and exchange visit in Inner Mongolia and Ningxia


Across The DesertTravel Through History:

 The note of commemoration of the tenth anniversary of PeaceWomen Across the Global and exchange visit in Inner Mongolia and Ningxia

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To commemorate the tenth anniversary of PeaceWomen Across the Global (PWAG), and to build a mutual platform between urban and rural areas in China, during August 20th-25th, 2015,  we held a exchange activity with our Million PeaceWomen partners. Via Yulin in Shaanxi, we visited Yuzhen Desert Ecology Park which is in Mu Us Desert in Erdos, Inner Mongolia, Hailan Golden Sand Eco-tourism Park which is in Yinchuan, Ningxia and ethnic kindergarden, women preaching hall, Dongyang vocational skills school, women and children center which is in Weizhou town Wu Zhong city.The Board Member of PWAG and Coordinator of East Asia Office LAU Kin Chi, Coordinator of China office of PWAG ZHAO Ling, peacewomen Tian Guirong from Xinxiang Environmental Protection Volunteers Association, peacewomen ZHANG Hua from Yanan, Mllion PeaceWomen CHU Fenxia and TANG Qingyun  are involved in this activity.

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August 21th, we visited  peacewoman Yin Yuzhen. She showed us her story hall which siginifies how she fought with the desert in the past three decades. She told us she had already planted more than 10 thousand acers of trees. We also had a meeting with the local ladies, and shared life stories with each other, Their twists and turns life experiences and their determination and courage to difficulties gave us a great encouragement, especially to the young volunteers. August 22th, Wushengqi Elderly Cultural and Sports Association brought us a wonderful performance with local characteristics.

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At 23th, we had an exchange in Yinchuan with 30 peacewomen and partners, such as YANG Hailan, LI Jiyue, MA Xinlan, YANG Cuixia and WANG Dongmei. Some of them devote themselves to the rural women and children education, which moved us a lot. Weizhou is a small town but it has a history of Arabic education over 400 years and a history of women education. At 25th, we visited Jin Meihua imam of Qian Feng mosque, and we saw women of different ages studied there, some of them even brought their children. It made us learn more about the spirit strength of women of Hui nationality.

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In a word, although the ladies all are in difficult situation, YIN Yuzhen married to the desert, YANAG Hailan used to unemployment, MA Xinlan had to go for a long way to go to school, but they didn’t give in to fate, and finally they used their own youth and dedication for peace to change the desert to oasis.

Zhao Ling

8-9-2015

 

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