Song Xiuyan [Women Voice]
Song Xiuyan, vice-president and first member of the Secretariat of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), held a meeting for the organization's senior Party members on October 26 to study the spirit of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
Song said that the 19th CPC National Congress was a meeting of great importance and took place during a decisive stage in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, and at a critical moment as socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era.
She said,"The congress report stressed the theme of remaining true to our original aspiration, keeping our mission firmly in mind and holding high the banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics. It inspired us to forge ahead in unity.
"Studying and publicizing the congress spirit and implementing related policies are the top priorities in the political work of women's federations at all levels.
"Officials should lead women to follow the unified leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Committee, as the core leader, upgrade their thoughts and actions by studying the congress spirit and contribute all wisdoms into achieving targets set by the Party."
Publicizing the congress spirit among women across the country
Song called on all officials of women's federations to learn the Party congress report and the new amendment to the Party Constitution word by word so as to better understand the new thoughts, theory, ideology and strategy posed by Xi.
She said that officials should stick firmly to the "Four Consciousness", which is, to strengthen their consciousness of the ideology, the whole, the core and the line.
Aside from this, they should keep in mind the "Four Confidences", namely, confidence in the path, theory, system, and culture of socialism with Chinese characteristics.
In terms of spreading the spirit to grassroots women, Song said that the organization should make full use of the Internet, including the some 6,700 women's federations' official websites and new media platforms, and nearly 1 million groups on WeChat, a popular messaging app.
On the offline sector, officials from some 700,000 Women's Home activity centers, along with millions of executive committees, should be actively engaged in publicizing the congress spirit in a way that people like to see and hear.
Song said realizing targets requires women's contributions.
She asked officials to learn how to integrate theories with practice by paying more attention to studying "the great struggle, great project, great cause, and great dream"; thinking about how to secure a decisive victory in the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects; striving for the great success of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era; and, learning the overall plan for building socialism with Chinese characteristics, which includes the five-sphere integrated plan (to promote balanced economic, political, cultural, social, and ecological progress) and the four-pronged comprehensive strategy (to make comprehensive moves to finish building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, deepen reform, advance law-based governance, and strengthen Party self-governance).
She said officials of women's federations can hold activities on the theme of "Following the Party's Leadership, Making Contributions in the New Era" in an effort to help fulfill women's roles both in family life and society.
Provide more services to women and children
By quoting Xi's remark on "adhering to the fundamental State policy of gender equality, and protecting the legitimate rights and interests of women and minors", Song reminded officials to think innovatively to meet the needs of the time, find more channels for women to participate early on and benefit more people.
Women federations should offer more and better services for women and children to improve their sense of fulfillment, happiness and safety, she added.
Reform women's federations
Song said the report set higher standards on women's federations' abilities in connecting the people, charting a course for further reform: "We should strengthen our political consciousness, become more advanced, and better represent the people; play our role as bridges linking the Party with the people; implement the Party's basic theories, basic lines and basic policies; and organize and motivate the people to follow the Party. All these are standards to test if our reform has succeeded."
To guarantee reform, Song called for more efforts to be made on how to deepen grassroots federations' reform, accelerating the development of women's federations online and improving the conduct of officials.
Promote the Party building
Song said women's federations should comprehensively promote Party building in their organizations by following Xi's requirement to exercise strict governance over the Party.
She called on officials to put political Party building first, closely follow the Party's political line, strictly observe its political discipline and rules, and closely align with the CPC Central Committee in terms of political stance, direction, principle, and path.
Song also said more efforts should be made to improve the leadership and officials' teams within the organizations, and grassroots Party building.
Furthermore, she hoped to inspire all officials to make concrete, meticulous, and effective efforts in improving their conduct and dealings with people so as to build a solid foundation for further reform of women's federations.
(Source: Women Voice/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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