Song Xiuyan Emphasizes Protection of Women's Rights in Urbanization
December 24, 2013 Editor : Sylvia Liu
Vice President and First Member of the Secretariat of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) Song Xiuyan (C) assesses women's work in Zhuzhou City in central China's Hunan Province on December 19, 2013. [zhuzhou.gov.cn]
Vice President and First Member of the Secretariat of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) Song Xiuyan assessed women's work in central China's Hunan Province recently. She highlighted work to protect women's rights and interests in land conversion and women's employment and entrepreneurship in urbanization.
During the three-day visit, Song talked with residents in communities in the province's capital city of Changsha, praising local women's contribution to establishing harmonious families and promoting a low-carbon lifestyle.
Song also visited Yiyang and Zhuzhou cities, holding exchanges with young women who have returned to their hometowns to start their own businesses after having worked in larger cities.
While attending a symposium with the theme ‘women and urbanization' held in Changsha on December 20, 2013, Song emphasized urbanization should be ‘people-oriented.' Women were both contributors to and beneficiaries of urbanization and their rights and interests should be well safeguarded.
According to a report released earlier this year by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), China's accelerating urbanization is approaching a critical stage, and managing the issue will have wide ramifications for the outcome of China's present development. The report also predicted there will be 310 million more urban residents by 2030 with 70 percent of the country's population settling in urban areas.
In early 2013, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang referred to a new type of urbanization: 'people's urbanization' which should be human-centered, ensure the prosperity of the people, and support China's growth. Premier Li's remarks reflect China's determination to promote social and economic development through sustainable urbanization.
Song was accompanied on her visit by Deputy Secretary-General of Hunan Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Li Wencai, President of Hunan Women's Federation Xiao Bailing and Deputy Secretary of Zhuzhou Municipal Party Committee Yang Weiguo.