Founded in 1949, the ACWF is China’s largest NGO for improving the status of women. The organization’s mission is to “represent and uphold women’s rights and interests, and to promote equality between women and men”. The ACWF website offers comprehensive information on the way China’s women live today, showcasing their views on the world, the challenges they face, and the achievements that have been made. The ACWF encourages the greater involvement of women in decision-making and management at all levels. The website has a dedicated page covering stories about businesswomen in China. The ACWF has led a number of campaigns and projects, which fall under most of the PPWE priority areas. A recent research report, Framework for female entrepreneurship in China featured many of the ACWF programs. ACWF’s activities include the following:
Women Making Achievements Campaign. Begun in 1991 in collaboration with government ministries, the campaign provides social services for urban women who are unemployed and self-employed. It also provides microloans and information to aid urban women in starting their own enterprises. As of 2010, more than 40 million women had in some form been supported by the campaign.
Assistance to low-income girls aged from 15 to 18 with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). The ACWF in cooperation with DFID helped low-income girls aged 15 to 18 finish their schooling and provided them with training in business management, marketing, finance, and gender issues. By the end of the four-year program, 12,000 girls had been trained.
Assisting Laid-off Women Workers in Reemployment and Venture Creation Project. This project pools funding from the UN Development Programme, the Australian Agency for International Development, and the Chinese government for teaching unemployed women how to run their own enterprises. The main goal of the project is to “change the subsidy model of poverty alleviation to the model of independent enterprise creation.” The program includes microfinance for urban women as well as the Tianjin Women’s Business Incubator.
Practical Skills Training Center for Rural Women. This is a support program by the NGO Cultural Development Center for Rural Women.
Subsidized Micro-Credit Loans and Accelerating Women’s Entrepreneurship and Employment. In 2009, to address the funding shortage women face when starting their businesses, ACWF created two new initiatives with the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, and the Central Bank of China to provide women with subsidized micro credit loans and support women’s entrepreneurship. By the end of December 2014, 217.3 billion Yuan (US$36 billion) in subsidized loans has been issued to women all over China, and the central and local government have allocated 18.68 billion Yuan (US$3.1 billion) to cover the loan interest, helping 4.59 million women with their business.
Learn and Emulate Program. This program encourages urban working women to learn additional skills and excel at their work and rural women to become better off through personal development.
Campaign for Capable Women. Under this campaign, ACWF has established a training and incentive system for talented women to promote more qualified women to senior positions.
Other programs in collaboration with the Association of Chinese Women Entrepreneurs. This includes the Women’s Successful Career Program, Women’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program, and Outstanding Women’s Entrepreneur Program.