Some of you who follow our work might remember Ms. Zhang (name changed to protect her identity). After a quarrel in July 2011, her husband threw acid at her and her son, she shielded her son but 15% of her body was burnt. Relatives of her husband told her he committed suicide afterwards, but this has proven very difficult to confirm.
Our organization raised money for her online to pay for some of the medical bills. The original story in Chinese is here.
Recently, Ms. Zhang sent us this photo of a cross stitch she just finished. After the domestic violence incident, she is weary of appearing in public because of the prominent scars on her face, and not being able to see out of her right eye also adds to the inconvenience. She therefore spends long hours at home cross-stitching.
Ms. Zhang divides her life into two stages- before the domestic violence incident, and after, to which she refers to as “before I got sick” and “after I got sick”. She is still in considerable financial difficulty given that she doesn’t have a job and has a son to support.
Apart from solving her financial problems, she hopes that one day, she will be able to undergo plastic surgery so she will stop receiving strange looks wherever she goes.
As a non-proft organization, we wish we have better news to report, however the truth is the road for a domestic violence victim is not an easy one. We can only truthfully report the latest of Mrs. Zhang’s situation.
We will continue to do what we can and if you are interested in buying the above cross stitch (1.8m long, 80cm wide), please contact us.News by halfthesky
We have raised HKD$ 34000.93 by the end of the donation drive. Although it didn’t reach our target goal of $78,000, we truly appreciate everyone who has supported us and all your kind messages really touched us!
We will make up for the difference with volunteers and extra time from our committee.
We have sent out all the gifts to our donors along with a note from our migrant women partners who prepared them. Hope you like them!News by halfthesky
* The First Online Platform to Serve Migrant Women 屬於時代女工的網站
Although there are already a dizzying array of media outlets, most target the middle class, very few are intended for grassroots women and address the issues they face, and none are based online.
To fill this gap, Jie Mei Web will be the first online site in China that truly serves migrant women with information on gender equality, labor rights, lifestyles and life management, as these are information as relevant and indispensible to them.
* Migrant Women to Hold Up Half The Sky and More 女工撐起半邊天
They are the backbone of China’s economy. Despite the harsh conditions they are facing, many of them still try to seek empowerment and solidarity in every possible way.
Jie Mei Web will be a place where they can plant the seeds of empowerment and solidarity and make them grow. From sharing tips of job interviews or best buys in the area, or how to intervene sexual harassment in the workplace, to giving a ‘Like’ to each other’s online talent show, Jie Mei Web is migrant women’s foundation of social innovation.
* Tax Deduction Applicable to Hong Kong Only
Please kindly leave us your contact email if you wish to receive the official receipt. Donations are acceptable in US dollars only.
* Expression of Gratitude, From Migrant Women to You 感謝您的支持
To express our gratitude for your support, we have selected a series of crafty handmade gifts by very talented migrant women, each with a personal thank you note. To receive these gifts, simply leave us your mailing address when making a donation. Please rest assured that all the gifts are paid by Han Yan Yuen and Jue Sun out of their own pockets and not from yours. They are limited so waste no time!
Pledge USD 50 or more
you will receive a handmade zip pouch with a playful pattern, designed and handmade by Caixia, a migrant worker from Beijing.「彩霞零錢袋」 estimated delivery: the end of January 2014.
Pledge USD 100 or more
you will receive a pair of knitted slippers by Tian Yu. The girl who once made the headlines by her tragic experience at Foxconn has now rebuilt her life with her own hands.「田玉手織拖鞋」estimated delivery: the end of January 2014.
Pledge USD 200 or more
you will receive a cool card case and an envelope-like laptop case created by talented migrant women in Beijing to keep your high-tech pal warm and cosy in chilly wintery temperature.「同心女工手工名片夾＋電腦包」estimated delivery: the end of January 2014.
Pledge USD 500 or more
you will receive a trendy set of gifts which include a zip pouch, a card case, a laptop case, and a modern-looking shopper bag made from recycled jeans, invented by Tong Xin female workers in Beijing.「同心女工手工布包系列」 estimated delivery: the end of January 2014.
Pledge USD 1000 or more
you will receive a large set of gifts which include 1) 3 CDs which contain the greatest hits of the famous workers’ rock band Xin Gong Ren Yi Shu Tuan who have completely transformed the arts scene by adding their own soundtrack; 2) the collection of a handmade pouch, a card case, and laptop case.「新工人藝術團原創金曲CD＋同心女工手工布包系列」estimated delivery: the end of January 2014.
News by halfthesky
Shanghai (CNN) – One recent afternoon, two 17-year-old migrant workers from the nearby province of Anhui came to an electronics market in this Chinese metropolis with one goal in mind: To purchase a smartphone.
They browsed a couple of different models, before settling on a Samsung Galaxy Ace for 1,200 yuan (about $180). They traded in their old cell phones, good for nothing much more than making calls, sending text messages and maybe playing a few games.
One of the migrants said he looked forward to watching movies on his new device. The other said he did not really know how to use such a gadget.
Wang Shenyong, manager of the cell phone stall, said nearly all of his customers who have migrated to Shanghai from elsewhere for work are opting to purchase smartphones rather than low-budget fake phones that have long been a staple technology of China’s marginalized populations.
“The migrant workers are different than before,” Wang said. “They are more advanced now. They want a better life. They use these [smartphones] because they can know news very fast and share information with others.”
China is on the verge of a smartphone revolution. Falling prices of handsets made by foreign brands paired with domestic manufacturers churning out cheaper and cheaper devices, combined with faster and more affordable data plans, means China will overtake the United States as the largest market for smartphones this year, according to market intelligence firm IDC.News by halfthesky
We have just completed a target user study which surveyed migrant women around the country to find out what their online habits are. We found some pretty interesting results indicating distinct differences of migrant women’s web usage patterns in comparison to the rest of the population.
This study is conducted in preparation for our new online platform for migrant women. Currently, most media for women target the middle-class and the needs of migrant women are often neglected. Our website which will launch early/ mid-2014 will aim to fill this gap. The site will carry articles that promote a healthy body image, further gender equality and empower working-class women.
The following is a summary of the study.News by halfthesky
幸運的是，董小姐並沒有在小學裡遭到傷害。最新消息 by halfthesky
(半边天公益／姐妹围脖按： 大概10％的乳癌患者有家族病史，大概5%为遗传性乳癌，即有BRCA的变种基因。BRCA1和BRCA2基因大幅增加患乳癌和卵巢癌的风险 。不但女性受到威脅，男性也会受乳癌威胁。)最新消息, 视频 by halfthesky