ming, cooking, taking care of children and household chores, and pick up pins and needles only in their free time.
“Apart from being able to increase their incomes, what is noticeable is that the women finally have a say in their family decisions now,” says Zhang.
“Earlier, they used to feel that they needed to ask their husbands even if they just w
anted to buy a 10-yuan sweater. But now, they feel free to make their own choices.”
In 2016, the China Women’s Federation designated Xihe county as the model base for alle
viating poverty and began to offer financial support to the likes of Qiqiao Workshop.
One of the beneficiaries was Lyu Xiaohong, the founder of the Baoji Embroidery Culture Company.
The federation encourages poor households to become shareholders by allocating each
of them an equity of 5,000 yuan. At the same time, Lyu’s company signed an agreement with the hou
seholds, promising a dividend of not less than 1,000 yuan by the end of each year. Now, 36 poor households in the v
illage, more than half of such households there, have decided to join the company.
learned to sell their work online.
Meanwhile, Lyu registered an online store on Taobao in 2016 and says she has since earned 50,000 yuan.
Speaking about the efforts, Luo Shumei, the president of the Wo
men’s Federation of Changdao village, Xihe county, says: “It’s a good thing to see embroidery pro
duction in Xihe county is shifting from being scattered to being more organized.
“But one drawback is that we are yet to find a good market.”
Broadcasting Administration designated Luo, now 32, as a Xihe Qiqiao culture “inheritor”.
As for the future prospects, Luo says: “To be honest, o
ur production is at a bit of a standstill now because we don’t know when the next order will come in.
“And we are reluctant to produce en masse beca
use of the risk of overstocking. But when an order does come in, we’ll work very hard.
The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating Nazi drawings found Friday morning at an elementary school in Queens, Detective George Tourovakas told CNN.
Dozens of swastikas, a Nazi eagle and the words “Hail Hitler” (sic) were found drawn in chalk on the pavement of PS 139’s schoolyard.
Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, who represents the district, told CNN her office received photographs from a resident in the apartment building next to t
he school and immediately informed the police. According to Koslowitz, the area is a predominately Jewish neighborhood.
I am horrified, disgusted, and nauseated, to say the least, of what I have witnessed today. Naz
i imagery and anti-Semitic slurs were drawn at the PS 139 Playground in Rego Park. I was on the sce
ne today and most of the imagery has been washed away. Enough is enough! pic.twitter.com/vteXmlqQyk
”This was exceptionally scary today,” Koslowitz said, describing the images as “horrible, just horrible.”
Koslowitz told CNN she heard stories from her mother, who came from Poland, about anti-Semitic incidents in Europe in the
last century. Koslowitz, who grew up in New York, said she never believed an act of this nature could occur in the city.
”This really just has to stop,” she said. “There’s no question about it being a hate crime.”
There have been 36 anti-Semitic crimes reported in the city so this year, compared
with 21 for the same time last year, according to a New York Times report, which cited police.
President Donald Trump said Friday he intends to nominate the current Ame
rican ambassador to Canada to be the new US ambassador to the United Nations.
Trump tweeted on Friday evening that he plans to nominate Kelly Knight Craft for the position, following former Ambassador Nikki Haley‘s resignation last year.
”I am pleased to announce that Kelly Knight Craft, our current Ambassador to Canada, is be
ing nominated to be United States Ambassador to the United Nations,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
He followed up in a second tweet, saying, “Kelly has done an outst
anding job representing our Nation and I have no doubt that, under her leadership, our Cou
ntry will be represented at the highest level. Congratulations to Kelly and her entire family!”
Trump’s announcement comes a week after his first pick to replace Haley, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, withdrew her candidacy.