Women's Federations in Action (February 28–March 5)

March 6, 2015重庆市,湖南省,香港特区,内蒙古省,山西省,广西省
By Ran Lei, Huang Yun, Lin Huifang, Gao Yu, Huang Zhenyi, Jiang LifangEditor: Hewater

Chongqing Holds Conference to Mark International Women's Day

Zhang Guoqing (C), vice secretary of the Chongqing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), shakes hands with representative winners of the "March 8th Red-Banner Pacesetters" award at the meeting. [Chongqing Women's Federation/Ran Lei]

Zhang Guoqing, vice secretary of the Chongqing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), has highly praised the local women's consistent efforts to boost economic and social development and has called on governmental bodies to build a favorable environment for women's personal and career growth. He has also urged local women's federations to further their skills, efficiency and overall competence in their work this year.

Zhang made the comments at a conference held at the headquarters of the southwest China's CPC municipal committee on the morning of February 28, 2015, ahead of the upcoming 105th anniversary of International Women's Day, on March 8.

"Recent years have seen glorious achievements made by local women and their federations under the leadership of local governments in the promotion of economic and social affairs here," he said to attendees at the meeting.

Meanwhile, they are expected to further devote themselves to the realization of the "Chinese Dream" — a concept proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in November 2012 as a means of inspiring the entire nation to rally together and work toward the great cause of national rejuvenation, toward the construction of a harmonious society and toward the promotion of positive social practices.

Furthermore, local governments should extend full support to women's federations in their work and exercise due efforts in the promotion of gender equality policy along with the cultivation of a positive environment for women's development, Zhang added in his speech.

For her part, Chongqing Women's Federation President Ding Zhongping pledged that this year, the local women's federations will make necessary adjustments in their work in light of new social circumstances and will strive for higher achievements with an emphasis on the observation of law.

On the sidelines of the convention, local winners of the "March 8th Red-Banner Pacesetters" award shared their stories with attendees as well. The award is a highly prestigious honor bestowed by the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) or local women's federations upon outstanding women for their excellent work.

In attendance at the meeting were Zhou Xun, vice director of the Chongqing Municipal People's Congress; He Ting, deputy mayor of the Chongqing Municipal People's Government and director of the Chongqing Department of Public Security; and Li Yuefeng, vice chairperson of the Chongqing Municipal People's Political Consultative Conference.

(Provided by the Chongqing Women's Federation/Ran Lei)


Hunan Kicks off Campaign to Look for Model Families and Individuals

A campaign to look for representative individuals from three women's groups — outstanding families, businesswomen and female individuals from non-business circles — was officially launched by the Hunan Women's Federation at a ceremony held at the headquarters of the Hunan Television Station in Changsha, capital city of south China's Hunan Province, on the afternoon of March 4, 2015.

Attendees pose for a group photo at the launch ceremony. [Hunan Women's Federation/Huang Yun]

At the opening ceremony, Xü Yousheng, a member of the Standing Committee and director of the Publicity Department of the Hunan Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), highlighted the campaign's importance and praised local women's constructive role in the promotion of local social and economic development amid current circumstances, and called on local women's federations along with other governmental bodies to jointly build a favorable environment for women in business and other activities.

For her part, Hunan Women's Federation President Du Yaling extended on behalf of the federation her best wishes to local women from all walks of life for the upcoming 105th anniversary of International Women's Day, on March 8, and made an appeal to them that they are expected to closely observe positive traditional Chinese virtues and contribute greater efforts to local social and economic development.

Meanwhile, local representative women were also invited to share their exemplary stories with attendees at the ceremony, garnering a great amount of applause.

Those in attendance at the event included Liu Lianyu, vice director of the Hunan Provincial People's Congress; Dai Daojin, deputy governor of the Hunan Provincial People's Government; Wang Xiaoqin, vice chairperson of the Hunan Provincial People's Political Consultative Conference, and other local officials, as well as representative women.

(Provided by the Hunan Women's Federation/Huang Yun)


ACWF Hong Kong Delegates Association Limited Voices Positive Views upon CE's election

Yan Baoling (L6), vice chairperson of the ACWF Hong Kong Delegates Association Limited, along with other senior officials from the organization, presents a written document on behalf of the association about the ongoing public consultation on the methods for the 2017 election and for forming the Legislative Council in 2016. The written document was presented to the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau (CMAB) under the special administrative government on the afternoon of March 2, 2015. [All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) Hong Kong Delegates Association Limited/Lin Huifang]

The All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) Hong Kong Delegates Association Limited has shown its recognition and support for The Hong Kong Basic Law and corresponding resolutions enacted by the Standing Committee of the China's National People's Congress (NPC). The law and resolutions outline that the position of Chief Executive for south China's special administrative region of Hong Kong will be elected in 2017 through the implementation of universal suffrage.

Yan Baoling, vice chairperson of the ACWF Hong Kong Delegates Association Limited, along with other senior officials from the organization, presented on the afternoon of March 2, 2015 a written document on behalf of the association about the ongoing public consultation on the methods for the 2017 election and for forming the Legislative Council in 2016 to the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau (CMAB) under the special administrative government.

The association agreed with existing regulations on the formation of 1,200-member election committee and held that the confirmation of candidates for Hong Kong's Chief Executive should be implemented with members' recommendation and the committee's nomination.

In addition to the mention of other details, it added that the number of candidates should be limited to two or three persons and that there should be only one round of election, which means that the candidate with the highest number of votes after the one round would be the one elected to become the next top official of Hong Kong.

Furthermore, the association also called on local residents and the Legislative Council to take responsible attitudes in jointly introducing and promoting universal suffrage and work for a stable society in the special administrative region.

(Provided by the All-China Women's Federation [ACWF] Hong Kong Delegates Association Limited/Lin Huifang)


Alxa Left Banner Honors Model Families

An award ceremony was held in Alxa Left Banner, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, on the morning of March 5, 2015 to honor a total of 50 winners as part of the "Most Beautiful Families" campaign.

Representative families pose for a group photo at the awards ceremony. [Inner Mongolia Women's Federation/Gao Yu]

To welcome the arrival of International Women's Day, on March 8, all representative families were also provided with gifts and medical insurance at the ceremony.

With respect to the campaign name, the word "beautiful" refers to individuals' excellence and dedication in observing the traditional Chinese virtues and conventions.

(Provided by the Inner Mongolia Women's Federation/Gao Yu)


Holingola Women's Federation Distributes 'Laws' to Local Families

A staff member from the Holingola Women's Federation hands out legal pamphlets to passers-by as part of the federation-sponsored event. [Inner Mongolia Women's Federation/Gao Yu]

An event sponsored by the Holingola Women's Federation was held on the morning of March 5, 2015 to further familiarize local women with laws and inspire them to strive for higher achievements in local economic and social development.

The event was also aimed at celebrating the upcoming 105th anniversary of International Women's Day, which falls annually on March 8.

(Provided by the Inner Mongolia Women's Federation/Gao Yu)

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