Italian MEP Licia Ronzulli attracted attention earlier this year for bringing her daughter to votes with her. Image credit: Reuters.
Xinhua reports that Communist Party Delegates and working mothers Jiang Min and Luo Wei are being forced to balance looking after their newborn babies and going to pointless 18th Party Congress meetings to hear what decisions have already been made for them.
After a meeting of the week-long 18th CPC National Congress on Monday morning, the two rushed back to the hotel, where their babies were awaiting them. Having been breast fed, the babies fell asleep again. The mothers then took lunch in haste and prepared for another meeting in the afternoon.
Jiang was informed in May, when she was pregnant, that she was elected delegate to the CPC national congress. She was thrilled with joy at first, and then became worried — her baby might not get breast milk for nearly 10 days.
Jiang and Luo, anyhow, decided to have a try to take babies with them, asking the national congress logistics whether they could take the babies with them. They were okayed in two days, becoming the two “special delegates.”
After the congress opened on Thursday, they fed the babies before the meetings in the morning and at midday breaks, and handed over the babies to family members, before rushing to the meetings in the afternoon to vote or discuss with other delegates.
Any discomfort or exhaustion Jiang and Luo feel will be worth it to be part of the glorious meritocratic Chinese political system, which is much better than any other alternative.
Update #1: Photos of the delegates and their babies, via People’s Daily Online:
Luo Wei, Communist Party deputy from Sichuan, and her five-month-old daughter (People’s Daily Online).
Jiang Min, Communist Party deputy from Sichuan, and her four-month-old daughter (People’s Daily Online).
[H/T: Sinocism, Bill Bishop]