Chinese Women's federation launches new campaign to help girls, parents

13:54, March 30, 2011      

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The All-China Women's Federation launched a campaign Tuesday to teach teenage girls and parents about sex education and better health.

The federation said 145 primary and high schools in 20 cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen would offer courses for both parents and their daughters. The courses will cover physical and mental health lectures related to kids and the opposite sex, the federation said.

Brochures and video recordings from expert lectures will also be given to residents in 20 cities including 3 million families.

"Family is the key when it comes to teenage girls' education. After a two-year research, we found two major problems among teenage girls aged between 6 and 18 - puppy love and depression, which are mostly caused by family issues, divorced parents or a spoiled childhood," Yang Yingmiao of the federation, told the Global Times Tuesday.

"In my understanding, a teenage girl should be gentle, tolerant and nice to others," said Wang Jianyi, a consultant to the Institute of Psychology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. She is also involved in the new campaign.

"Teenage girls are going through changes in their bodies, while their mind remains immature and naive. Many parents don't understand their kids at all," she said. Wang also said a girl's childhood experiences are crucial to her future.

Nie Jing, senior creative editor of the Chinese edition of Harper's Bazaar in Beijing, told the Global Times Tuesday that the campaign's intentions are good but the methods seemed behind the times.

"The criteria sounds really out-of-date though it means well," Nie said. "Teenage girls don't need to be bounded by some criteria that defines a good girl, they just need to enjoy themselves, be their personal best as long as they don't do anything that goes against the law or social mores."

Under the campaign, girls will be able to ask psychologists questions by inserting notes into a "box of whisper" in their school without using their name. Yang said experts would respond during open lectures.

The campaign will aim to encourage girls to pursue a healthy and confident look, a beautiful mind, a kind heart, good character, and proper manners and speech.

Source: Global Times
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