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During the time of the 'Double Conference', female committee member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Zhang Xiaomei, has proposed to change the name of 'funu (妇女) jie' (International Women's Day) to 'nu ren (女人) jie', this way expressing respect towards the female sex in the contemporary age, and allowing this holiday to penetrate deeper into people's minds. As this proposal came out it received responses from all circles of society.

On March 6th, Zhang Xiaomei had a proposal during the current CPPCC session, changing the name of 'March 8th 妇女 day' to '女人 day' or '女子 day', this way reflecting a more humanity sentiment.

Zhang Xiaomei said that the modern knowledgeable female possesses self-esteem, self-improvement, stands on her own feet, yet the word '妇女' originates from 'housewife', reflecting a person of a quite old age who isn't well educated, therefore this day isn't well liked. Contemporary woman, especially the younger 'knowledgeable' women, don't like and even repel being called '妇女'. This special day didn't penetrate into people's minds, and cannot fully reflect the significance 'women's day' ought to have.

When interviewed, several women have all agreed that the term '妇女' doesn't express respect towards women, and that if a person uses this word to address them they would not accept it. The knowledge and cultural level of contemporary women, as well as their status have improved prominently, thus they hope that the proposal would pass soon.

Reporter interviewed the head of Development department of the Women's Federation in Nanchang (capital of Jiangxi province), Weng. Weng has learned about the proposal of the female member of the CPPCC to Change the name "'妇女' Day" to "'女人' Day", and expresses complete approval. She also said that as an international 'women's day', it should reflect an understanding of the psychological characteristics of the wide range of women, only then this day could become well acknowledged. Furthermore, the name "'女人' day" comprises of a thick women's flavor, and can reflect a 'non-distinguished age', 'regardless of old or young', 'regardless of one's position'. It is a day for the women of the entire country, therefore Weng fully supports this proposal by committee member Zhang Xiaomei.

[1] "两会" liǎng huì - A term for the simultaneous sessions in China's two main congresses: The National People's Congress (NPC, 全国人民代表大会), the legislative house in China and Chinese People Political Consultative Congress (CPPCC, 中国人民政治协商会议), a political advisory body representing several parties and organizations.

[2] 全国政协 quánguó zhèngxié - Short for中国人民政治协商会议, CPPCC (see 1).

[3] "妇女节"更名为"女人节" fùnǚ jié gēng míng wéi nǚrén jié - 'Changing the name 'fùnǚ jié' to 'nǚrén jié': The International Women's Day on March 8th has been more and more acknowledged in China in recent year and was named 'fùnǚ jié' - Women's Holiday (or 'special day'). Since  ' fùnǚ - 妇女' is a word which has a traditional to some extent and also means 'wife', some believe that when selecting a name for the women's day, China should choose a word which can be associated also to more 'independent' women. '女人 - nǚrén' is a word that is more neutral and refers more to the female sex than to 'wives', therefore it doesn't comprise any chauvinist flavor.

[4] 妇联 fù lián - Women's Federation, or 'All-China Women's Federation', (中华全国妇女联合会), an organization established in the early days of the PRC, with the objective of protecting women's rights, promoting equality between sexes (compared to traditional Chinese values) and providing support for women in many issues. Today the Fu lian are treated more as an NGO, though they are still very likely to be in accord with ideas expressed by the Communist Party.

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