Commentator: Women's Federations Obliged to Advance Family's Development

December 28, 2018
Editor: Liu Yang

Women's federations at all levels should closely follow the recent remarks made by President Xi Jinping when he met the new leadership of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), and advance their work of women's development. The China Women's News recently published a series of articles about how can women's federations well study and implement the spirit of Xi's speech.

During his meeting with the new ACWF leadership on November 2 in Beijing, Xi, also general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and chairman of the Central Military Commission, reiterated the significance of the work on family affairs and made clear the requirements to women's federations on how to better accomplish relevant tasks.

The keynote speech by Xi displayed the full trust of the CPC Central Committee toward women's federations, presented its keen expectations to women from all sections of society, and provided federations at all levels a guide to action in their work on family affairs.

Accordingly, women's federations should intensify their efforts in the following aspects:

Strengthen Political Responsibilities

Work on family affairs is related to the overall work of the Party and government and to the happiness of women and millions of households. Moreover, it is a traditional front and field where women's federations have advantages in work. It  acts as guides for women to make full use of their special functions in social and family life in the new era.

Women's federations should further enhance their political awareness, have a deeper understanding of the work of family affairs as urged by the CPC Central Committee, give a top priority to it in their agenda, mobilize and lead women to build their families, promote goodfamily traditions and related education, integrate the building of harmonious families into the maintenance of social harmony, and secure the happiness of millions of households.

Stress Cultivation, Observance of Core Socialist Values

The discourse by Xi underlined the guiding role of women's federations in promoting women's development and the importance of women in families. Thus it comes as a great responsibility for women's federations to encourage millions of households to practice core socialist values. Meanwhile, women from the general population should act upon the core socialist values among their family members.

Women's federations at all levels should further expand the scope of their work, innovate working approaches, and encourage women to observe core socialist values on their own initiative and to inspire family members to love their family and country at the same time, nurture intimate family relations and family-oriented virtues, and share happiness in the pursuit of a common dream.

As the first classrooms of life, families have been accountable for the education of young people. Women's federations should thus stress the cultivation of a new generation capable of shouldering the mission of national rejuvenation, press ahead with the tasks to nurture positive values and ensure the young grow up healthily, and educate them to be loyal to the Party.

Promote Traditional Chinese Virtues on Family

President Xi has paid huge attention to women's leading role in the building of family-oriented virtues and moralities.

Women's federations at all levels should have a clear understanding of women's roles in their families as expected in the new era, give full play to their functions in the promotion of traditional Chinese virtues and positive family traditions, continue with the Five-virtue Families and Looking for the Most Beautiful Families campaigns, encourage women to take part in the publicity events designed to popularize family traditions and rules, mobilize women to lead their family members to abide by traditional Chinese filial piety, cherish love between husbands and wives, value affections between different generations and neighbors, inspire more families to follow the example of model households, and nurture new trends of socialist family civilization.

Stick to Problem-solving Approach

Women's federations at all levels should face new conditions, work hard to resolve new problems, respond to the public's new wishes and expectations in the building of families whilst taking families' unbalanced and inadequate development into consideration, promote academic studies of public policies in relation to families, and improve the legal system that advance family development.

Women's federations should be fully aware of their major tasks in the work of family education, work with education departments to gather social resources in the support of family education, accelerate the legislation on family education, and improve relevant services system.

In addition, women's federations should disseminate proper parenting knowledge in impoverished regions, pay attentions to children's education in the era of internet, help women balance their work and family, and encourage them to shoulder due social responsibilities and make contributions to their own families.

Lastly, women are expected to integrate the pursuit of family happiness and personal dreams into the realization of the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation.

(Source: China Women's News / Translated and edited by Women of China)

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