Forum Calls for Inclusiveness, Gender Equality

April 5, 2016北京市
By Wang XiaonanEditor: Mable Wang, Eileen Cheng
Forum Calls for Inclusiveness, Gender Equality

The Her Village International Forum 2016 issues a joint initiative during the forum. [Women of China/Fan Wenjun]

The Her Village International Forum 2016 was held April 2-3, 2016, at the Sofitel Hotel in Beijing. The theme of the forum, hosted by Sun Media Group, was building an inclusive society and developing partnerships between groups and individuals.

Global leaders — from business, charities and the cultural, educational, media, political and financial sectors — talked about how men and women could become true partners. They also discussed ways of promoting individual growth and social progress. Hundreds of China's elite women attended the forum.

The forum's strategic partners included SAP Software Solutions, Guerlain (the French perfume, cosmetics and skincare house), Taiping Life Insurance, Lenovo, Baidu (the first Chinese search engine) and China Vanke (a real estate company). During the forum, Sun Media and its partners called on employers to give men and women the same opportunities for promotion. They also expressed hope that corporations and society will become more inclusive.

Forum Calls for Inclusiveness, Gender Equality

Meng Xiaosi, vice-president and member of the Secretariat of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), makes a keynote speech at the Her Village International Forum, on April 2 in Beijing. [Women of China/Fan Wenjun]

Meng Xiaosi, vice-president and member of the Secretariat of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), delivered the keynote speech, the theme of which was "gender equality in China."

Said Meng: "China has been a powerhouse that has promoted global women's development. Over the past century, Chinese women have made 'three historic steps forward' – walking out of their domestic lives, entering the world beyond their homes and going global – in a firm and steady manner.

However, she added, Chinese women still face many problems and challenges. China, though, has pledged to fulfill its responsibilities in advancing gender equality, Meng said.

"Chinese President Xi Jinping in September 2015 hosted the Global Leaders' Meeting on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment at the UN's headquarters. In his speech, he made four proposals (aimed at) promoting women's comprehensive development, and his speech was widely commended by the international community," Meng continued.

The ACWF is an organization devoted to serving all Chinese women, and the federation's further development requires every woman's attention and support, Meng said.

"Women's dreams are about progress, equality, harmony and love, (and their dreams) involve their devotion to their country, careers and families," Meng added.

"The event has impressed people with its name, Her Village, which means that women enjoy endless possibilities of self-realization in this big world, and which reveals the prospects of women as they create a greater world," she continued.

The ACWF is a mass organization that unites women, of all ethnic groups, as they strive for further liberation and development. ACWF works to protect women's rights and interests, and to promote gender equality.

More specifically, ACWF has been facilitating women's economic development, by supporting implementation of the policy of offering small, secured loans to women. By the end of 2015, a combined 300 billion yuan (US $46.2 billion) in small loans had been issued to 5.56 million women. Those loans helped the women find employment and/or start their own businesses.

To better protect women's rights and interests, ACWF's officials made proposals regarding gender equality during amendments to nearly 300 laws or regulations over the past five years. The federation has also helped protect women's land-use rights by ensuring that women's names are written in land-use registration certificates.

The ACWF pays attention to building harmonious and happy families. The federation has implemented various projects, such as the family culture festival, Looking for the Most Beautiful Families campaign and family education promotions.

In addition, the federation has spoken on behalf of women each year during the annual sessions of China's top legislative and advisory bodies. Female representatives from women's federations, at various levels, have made proposals – such as eliminating employment discrimination, combating domestic violence, introducing follow-up policies for the two-child family policy and helping women balance family and career – during the sessions.

The ACWF has long promoted exchanges and cooperation with women in other countries. The federation has built ties with 700 women and children's organizations or institutions in more than 170 countries or regions. The federation will host the G20 (Group of Twenty Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors) Women's Conference, in May, in Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province.

Forum Calls for Inclusiveness, Gender Equality
The attendees talk during the event. [Women of China/Fan Wenjun]


Forum Calls for Inclusiveness, Gender Equality

Meng Xiaosi, vice-president and member of the Secretariat of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), speaks at the Her Village International Forum, on April 2 in Beijing. [Women of China/Fan Wenjun]


Forum Calls for Inclusiveness, Gender Equality
Attendees during the event [Women of China/Fan Wenjun]

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