The 11th National Women's Congress, which was held every five years since the founding of New China in 1949, was held in Beijing from October 28-31, 2013. The Congress elected ACWF new leadership, approved amendments to the ACWF constitution, summarized the achievements in promoting gender equality and women's development in the past five years and drew blueprints for the ACWF's work in the next five years.
|Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, applauds during the 11th National Women's Congress of China which opened at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, October 28, 2013. [Xinhua]
More than 1600 representatives from China's mainland, Hong Kong and Macao attended the congress. Also in attendance were former ACWF leaders and officials in charge of women's affairs from Beijing and other provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang and other top state leaders Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli attended the opening ceremony of the 11th National Women's Congress, on October 28.
Wang Qishan, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Secretary of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, delivered a congratulatory speech to the congress on behalf of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee. Wang said in his speech that the success of the congress is crucially important in further uniting and leading hundreds of millions of Chinese women to strive for the 'Chinese Dream' of the great rejuvenation of our nation… To realize the 'Chinese Dream' requires the joint efforts of all Chinese people. Women from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, and overseas Chinese women in other countries should also adhere to the glorious patriotic tradition, firmly grasp new opportunities, contribute to the development of our motherland, and share in its dignity and glory.
Vice President and First Member of the Secretariat of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) Song Xiuyan presented a work report on behalf of the 10th Executive Committee of the ACWF at the congress. Song said during the past five years, Chinese women from all walks of life have made outstanding contributions to the overall construction of a well-off society. Women's federations at all levels have done excellent work in serving women. They have strived to serve as a strong link between the Party and women, and to build a warm home popular among women around the country.
Song gave guidelines to the ACWF's work in the future five years. They include: women's federations should guide women to make contributions in accelerating the transformation of the economic development mode and encourage women's participation in the innovation of science and technology;women's federations should also guide women's participation in politics and the innovation of social management, and guide women to play unique roles in building peaceful, harmonious and civilized family life; women's federations should also encourage women's participation in the construction of ecological civilization; women's federations continue to work out effective mechanisms and approaches to implement the basic State policy of gender equality, and strive to better safeguard women's rights and interests; women's federations should also promote the process of integrating gender mainstreaming into policy making and strive to cultivate a gender equality-centered gender culture; women's federations should strive to benefit more women in the long run by providing better services in boosting women's employment, entrepreneurial activities and career development, promoting women and children's physical and mental health, and satisfying the needs of disadvantaged women and children; women's federations should pay attention to capacity building and help women improve their overall abilities and fulfill their self-development; women's federations should expand exchanges and deepen friendships with women around the world.
Song stated that an important stage has been laid in the past five years for the development of Chinese women. In the next five years, further efforts are needed to give women more opportunities and resources in economic construction, to improve their abilities in administrating national and social affairs, and to help them play a more important role in cultural development.
|Wang Qishan, secretary of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, addresses the opening of the 11th National Women's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 28, 2013. [Chinanews]
Vice Chairperson of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress and President of the ACWF Shen Yueyue who was re-elected ACWF President at the first meeting of the 11th executive committee of the ACWF gave a closing speech at the closing ceremony of the Congress. Shen said that the Congress was a large-scale women's gathering held in the wake of the new situation where all the Party members, all the members of China's ethnic groups, and all Chinese people are learning and implementing the guiding principles of the 18th CPC National Congress and a series of speeches delivered by General Secretary Xi Jinping. The Congress fully demonstrates the outstanding achievements in Chinese women's development and women's work, contemporary Chinese women's spirit of enterprise, diligence and making progress, and the bright prospect of Chinese women's development guided by the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics. It will surely set Chinese women's movement and women's causes at a new start point.
Song Xiuyan was re-elected vice-president and first member of the Secretariat of the ACWF on October 30, 2013. Other vice presidents and members of the Secretariat of the ACWF and members of the executive committee were also elected.