|Participants at the ACWF's celebration event for Double Ninth Festival. [Women Voice]|
The All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) held a celebration activity for retired officials in Beijing on October 26 to mark the traditional Chongyang (Double Ninth) Festival. The festival, which falls on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month, is a day for Chinese to show respect to seniors.
Shen Yueyue, vice-chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress and president of the ACWF, gave a speech during the event.
Meanwhile, Song Xiuyan, vice-president and first member of the Secretariat of the ACWF, presided over the gathering.
Zhang Xiaolan, vice-president and member of the Secretariat of the ACWF, announced a name list of retired officials who are older than 90. Other members of the Party leadership team and Secretariat of the ACWF also attended the event.
Remarks from Shen Yueyue
On behalf of the federation, Shen expressed her festival greetings to retirees, praising them for showing long-time concern and support for women and children across the nation.
During the meeting, Shen conveyed the spirit of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) which was held in Beijing from October 18-24.
The Congress was held during the period of securing a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and striving for the great success of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era, Shen said.
The Congress followed the theme of remaining true to its original aspiration; keeping the mission firmly in mind; holding high the banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics; and, forging ahead in unity.
The Congress approved the report of the 18th CPC Central Committee, a work report of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), and an amendment to CPC Constitution, she explained.
The revised Party Constitution now includes Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, in addition to Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory, the Theory of the Three Represents, and the Scientific Outlook on Development. The content will serve as the guideline of the Party.
The Congress elected a new CPC Central Committee and CCDI. The first plenary meeting of the new Central Committee elected the new central leadership of the Party for the coming five years.
At a new starting point, the Congress has a profound and significant meaning to unifying the Party, the army, and the people; inspiring people nationwide from different ethnic groups to strive for the building of a moderately prosperous society in all aspects; striving for the great success of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era; and, realizing the "Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation," Shen said.
Since the CPC held its 18th National Congress in 2012, the nation has achieved extraordinary progress in national development, along with all-around breakthroughs and fundamental changes.
The most fundamental reason for the nation's historical achievements and change is that General Secretary Xi has been at the core of the CPC Central Committee and his thought with Chinese socialism characteristics in the new era is a guide to the strong leadership of the entire Party.
Shen urged women's federations at different levels to implement the Congress spirit as a primary political task; act in line with the Thought of Xi in practice; and promote the spirit through meetings and training sessions.
Women's federations should guide officials to learn the Thought of Xi; improve their consciousness of implementing the thought with their political thoughts and actions in order to achieve unity in thinking and action in the new era.
Shen urged organizations at various levels to promote the Congress spirit among women from the general population; lead them to follow the CPC leadership; and, combine their efforts in realizing the "Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation".
Shen urged officials to safeguard "the four consciousnesses", namely "consciousness of the ideology, the whole, the core and the line," along with the term "four confidences" which means to boost up the confidence among people on the road, the theory, the scheme and the culture of the socialism with Chinese characteristics.
Officials should resolutely uphold the central authority of the CPC Central Committee with President Xi at the core; follow the unified leadership; act in line with the central decision-making and arrangements; and, always maintain a high degree of consistency with the central authority.
Shen urged that officials should fulfill their work responsibilities in uniting and leading women to play their role of "holding up half of the sky" in implementing tasks assigned during the Congress.
Women's federations should promote balanced economic, political, cultural, social, and ecological progress, and coordinated implementation of the Four-Pronged Comprehensive Strategy (making comprehensive moves to finish building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, deepen reform, advance the law-based governance of China, and strengthen Party self-governance) to act in line with the new concept of development with the core of serving people.
Shen urged organizations to promote core socialist values throughout federation initiatives such as Looking for the Most Beautiful Family campaign, family education activities, and projects about women taking part in the domestic service industry.
Organizations should adhere to the lifeline of connecting women and safeguarding their rights and interests.
Federations can enhance their protection towards women by promoting legislative progress in relevant fields and continuously carrying out initiatives for the benefit of women.
Shen urged organizations to play an active role in the construction of the system in caring for women, children and seniors in villages.
Shen encouraged officials to contribute efforts in solving problems, including rural women's legal rights on land contracts and women's employment after the nation issued a policy which encourages moms to have a second child.
Under the CPC leadership, women's federations should deepen reform; enhance their politically advanced nature of serving people; and, consolidate the basis at the grassroots level.
Shen also urged organizations to take advantage of the Internet in serving as a "bridge" of connecting and uniting women to follow the CPC leadership.
Political construction is an issue of priority and organizations should strictly follow the rule of the CPC in all aspects, Shen stressed.
She urged federations to act in line with the CPC discipline and political rules in terms of stand, direction, principle, and route.
Officials should strictly abide by the Party Constitution; carry out initiatives for the purpose of serving people wholeheartedly; strengthen their political stand in relation to discipline, virtues, anti-corruption with the aim of promoting the strict-governance of the CPC in a comprehensive way.
Being valuable wealth of the ACWF, veteran officials are practitioners of China's revolutionary industry and they have witnessed national construction and initiatives of reform and opening-up, Shen said.
Retired officials should study and implement the Congress spirit; learn about the Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era; stay true to their original aspiration; and, firmly keep in mind to unite around the CPC Central Committee with Xi at the core.
Shen encouraged officials as always to concern about and support the development of women and children in China; and, keep working to secure a decisive victory in finishing building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, to strive for the great success of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era, to realize the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation, and to see people fulfill their aspirations for a better life.
An artistic group consisting of retired officials from the ACWF gave a dance and singing performance to celebrate the 19th CPC National Congress. During the celebration, several attendees gave poetry recitals.
|Shen Yueyue (R1) talks with a retired senior official. [Women Voice]|
|Song Xiuyan (R2) shakes hands with retired senior officials. [Women Voice]|
|Retirees perform in a dance show during the celebration. [Women Voice]|
|Officials perform a poetry recital. [Women Voice]|
|Retired officials give a performance. [Women Voice]|
|A list of retired officials of the ACWF [Women Voice]|
(Source: Women Voice/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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