|The closing ceremony of the 13rd Beijing Women's Congress [Women of China/Fan Wenjun]|
The Beijing Women's Federation held the first session of its 13th executive committee in Beijing on April 30, 2014, with newly-elected executive members in attendance.
Deputy Secretary of the Beijing Municipal Communist Party of China (CPC) Committee Lv Xiwen expressed a hope that the federation's new executive committee and new leadership can serve the capital's overall reform and development, stick to the federation's functions, consciously integrate women's causes into the capital's overall development, work hard to meet women's demands, and guide women to contribute to the capital's various constructions.
The new executive committee and new leadership should stay close to the grassroots, especially ordinary women in the countryside and urban communities, further carry out family-themed programs and women's homes, and strengthen the federation's self-construction to build it into a reliable home for women, added Lv.
The Beijing Women's Federation's newly-elected President Ma Lanxia raised the federation's work guideline under the principles of the 11th National Women's Congress of China and the 13th Beijing Women's Congress.
Ma stated that the federation should work out new guides on women-related work for the Beijing Municipal CPC Committee, thoroughly carry out 'I and the Chinese Dream' educational activities, guide women to understand women's path of development under the guidance of socialism with Chinese characteristics and contribute to the capital's economic, political, cultural, social and ecological developments.
The federation should focus on women's livelihoods, family work, participation in social management and the federation's self-construction, and transform research results into practical measures and policies as well as women-related programs, added Ma.
In addition, great efforts should be made to train skilled women, conduct free-interest small loans for women and promote the employment of female college graduates, Ma said.
The federation should improve the information base of poverty-stricken women and children, build aid mechanisms for impoverished women in remote mountainous areas, and carry out pilot programs of children's homes in communities, said Ma.
Ma also stated that the Federation should attach importance to the development of female talents and build a lifelong educational platform for Beijing women to provide various educational and training services to different groups of women.
Ma, who is from the Hui ethnic minority group, was born in 1964 in Beijing. Having majored in administrative management, Ma graduated from Renmin University of China with a master's degree. Ma has been secretary of the CPC Committee of the Beijing Women's Federation since January 2014. She also holds the office of secretary of the CPC Committee of Beijing Institute of Socialism and deputy secretary of CPC Committee of Xuanwu and Xicheng districts in Beijing.
Ma was elected as the new president of Beijing Women's Federation at the 13th Beijing Women's Congress which closed in Beijing on April 30.
The following is a list of the Beijing Women's Federation's 13th Executive Committee:
Chen Ling, Chang Hongyan, Zhou Zhijun, Wang Shucun, Zhao Lijun, Wei Li, Wang Yuying, Huang Wei, Ma Yinan
Liu Ying, Liu Ling, Sun Fenglan, Sun Zhaoping, Sun Qixiang, Sun Sufen, Zhou Jing, Meng Lihong, Guo Lishuang, Ge Chenhong, Zhu Yumei
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