A chart shows words used most frequently in Song's speech. [Women Voice]
Members of the All-China Women's Federation's (ACWF) standing committee attended an enlarged meeting held by the organization on August 2 in Beijing.
Song Xiuyan, vice-president and first member of the Secretariat of the federation, delivered a speech titled "An In-depth Study on Implementing President Xi Jinping's Keynote Remarks, and Greeting the Upcoming 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) with Reform Achievements among Women's Federations."
The meeting marked the first anniversary of the release of ACWF's Reform Plan approved by the General Office of the CPC Central Committee.
The meeting featured summaries of experiences, planning for the future, inspection work efficiency, and reform implementation.
The meeting was held after members of the Secretariat of the ACWF ended their two-month inspections of reform initiatives carried out among women's federations nationwide.
Song's speech was over 10,000 words and in two parts. The first part covered women's federation's overall conditions since the reform plan was issued. The second part stressed specific objectives on how to deepen the reform. She urged officials to play the role of "nails" in overcoming difficulties during the reform.
The women's federation system is "heating up" its reform, Song said, in terms of increased intensity, expanded coverage, and in-depth improvements.
With widespread progress, the reform has achieved remarkable results during the period, she added.
Song highlighted many keywords in her speech which cover major fields of the federation reform. For example, the word "reform" achieved the highest frequency, mentioned 175 times. This reveals the ACWF's resolution in carrying out reform initiatives.
Other key issues mentioned included the 19th CPC National Congress, the CPC, organization, people, online new media, service, connection, grassroots women's federations, and innovation.
The key to women's federation reform is in the political stance and strategic direction, Song remarked.
Since China held the 18th CPC National Congress in 2012, President Xi has delivered a series of keynote remarks. They spotlighted on issues of reform, development, stability, internal politics, diplomacy, and national defense, and thoughts about ruling the Party, the nation and the military.
Xi's remarks have formed a series of new ideas, concepts and strategies about governing the country, providing scientific theory and action guide toward the Party and nation's development in all aspects.
Xi particularly stressed the importance of women-related work and lifted women's federation reform up to the "political height" in consolidating the Party's ruling basis of people.
Xi called for continuous efforts to promote gender equality and women's all-round development; and, involve those issues into an overall approach to promote economic, political, cultural, social and ecological progress, dubbed the "Five-in-One Principle."
The general secretary also put forward a series of new thoughts, judgment and requirements toward the coordinated development of implementing the strategic blueprint of the so-called "Four Comprehensives" – namely, a moderately prosperous society, reform, rule of law and Party discipline; and those from the perspective of and the overall situation of global progress.
As the core leader of the CPC Central Committee, Xi has in-depth thought and foresight over women's issues, Song stressed.
Officials should fundamentally adhere to the President's words, objectives, major initiatives, and practical paths, as his remarks have clearly targeted women-related work and women's federation reform in the new era, Song added.
Later, Song and other attendees reviewed Xi's keynote remarks.
Song highlighted nine points of emphasis in her speech:
Emphasis on adherence to the CPC leadership and unswervingly following the path of women's development featuring "socialism with Chinese characteristics".
Emphasis on achieving the goals and tasks put forward at the 18th CPC National Congress, realizing the "Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation" as the theme of the women's movement in contemporary China, and associating national development with the progress of gender equality.
Emphasis on encouraging women to play their unique role in society and households in terms of spreading positive family virtues and good social ethos.
Emphasis on promoting the belief of serving the overall situation of women; regarding connecting and serving women as the theme; and, building reliable Women's Home activity centers among women's federations.
Emphasis on carrying out initiatives featuring household civilization construction with core Socialist values as main content; and, supporting good social ethos with positive family styles.
Emphasis on implementing the Party's constant position of safeguarding women's rights and interests in accordance with the law.
Emphasis on ensuring that the women's federation's reform sticks to the correct political direction; and, enhancing the federation's politically-advanced nature of serving the people, since the organization serves as a "bridge" in connecting women from the general population. In the meantime, efforts should be made to tackle problems, especially those in the organizational administration.
Emphasis on sticking to the State policy of gender equality; and taking gender difference into consideration in issuing laws and policies or mapping out strategies and plans;
Emphasis on the simultaneous advancement of women and social progress; and, building a harmonious and inclusive social culture which is conducive to women's development.
Six New Features
Song concluded the federation's reform results over a year with six new features.
Strong organizational leadership forms a pattern for advancing women's federation reform.
Top-down design assists the building of a new framework for deepening federation reform.
Solving problems at the source is a new work ethos among organizations.
Reform initiatives have achieved new breakthroughs in many key parts.
Reform inspires new vigor at work among women's federations.
Many new changes result from the organization's reform.
Song stressed that federations should secure gained reform achievements with five necessary initiatives.
The women's federation must adhere to the CPC leadership in order to maintain and further enhance the organization's politically-advanced nature of serving the people. Only in this way can federation reform stick to the correct political direction.
Federations must obey the problem-oriented principle; and, combine efforts in targeted problems to improve reform efficiency.
Federations must carry out reform initiatives at the grassroots level.
A joint force of reform must combine top-level design and innovative initiatives at the grassroots level.
Reform results must stand the test of practice; be judged at the grassroots level; and, be assessed by people.
Song put forward six suggestions to further progress the federation reform.
She urged federation officials to fully study and implement President Xi's keynote remarks in order to further improve the federation reform's political stance.
They should stick to the reform's correct direction and make efforts to solve the organization's problems.
Grassroots federations should carry out innovative initiatives so that they can better connect and serve women.
The online construction of women's federations allows the organization to combine online and offline initiatives.
Women can attain a sense of achievement after the federation carries out reform initiatives with people's needs as the core of their tasks
A long-term work mechanism is needed to further promote federation reform.
(Source: Women Voice/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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