|Officials attend the ACWF meeting in Beijing. [Women Voice]|
The All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) organized a symposium attended by senior part-time officials on December 9 to review the spirit of the recent 6th Plenary Session of the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, as well as its own reform initiatives, in Beijing.
Shen Yueyue, vice-chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) and president of the ACWF, hosted the meeting.
Participants said they would study and implement the keynote spirit and promote the enforcement of the strategic blueprint of the "Four Comprehensives" – namely, a moderately prosperous society, reform, rule of law and Party discipline – put forward by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The meeting was also attended by Song Xiuyan, vice-president and first member of the Secretariat of the ACWF; ACWF vice-presidents Zhang Xiaolan, Cui Yu and Deng Li; and, Tan lin and Yang Liu, members of the Secretariat of the ACWF.
Discussions from ACWF's Part-Time VPs
A total of five part-time vice-presidents of the ACWF made statements at the symposium, connecting the ACWF's work and reforms with their respective fields.
Jin Nuo, secretary of the Party committee from Renmin University of China, suggested that officials should follow the core leadership of the 18th CPC Central Committee, improve their work style, and contribute their efforts in safeguarding women's rights.
Cheng Hong, vice-president of All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC) and deputy-mayor of Beijing Municipality, said that women's federations should lead young women in making progress at various fields with the help of a series of new economic developments. For example, young female entrepreneurs are encouraged to develop innovative technology, promote new industries, and foster new services, Cheng explained.
Cui Li, deputy-director of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, pointed out that the ACWF's reform should collaborate with the nation's health issues among women and children. Women should play their unique household role in strengthening the protection of children and improving their health, added Cui.
Yin Hong, vice-president and secretary-general of Jiu San Society (JSS), proposed that more women be encouraged to participate in politics, especially during the period of local election next year.
Song Yushui, vice-president of Beijing Intellectual Property Court, urged that officials should promote the enforcement of the Four Comprehensives and the construction of women's federations in accordance to national laws and principles. Women's federations should also endeavor to achieve better results in the political tasks assigned by the CPC; and better protect women and children's rights and interests, the official added.
Remarks from Shen Yueyue
Shen gave her approval to the work performance of fulfilling job responsibilities among senior part-time officials.
Meanwhile, Shen urged such officials to lead others in studying the Four Comprehensives and continue contributing efforts to the work of women and children.
"Raising the awareness of gender issues is one initiative to promote the State policy of gender equality that can be revealed by the economic and social development in various fields, and all aspects of life," said Shen.
Shen also urged officials to improve their work style, strengthen their connections with women from the general population, and contribute their efforts in solving women's actual problems under the core leadership of the CPC.
In addition, Shen put forward specific requirements for a series of work assignments among women's federations at various levels. Such initiatives include studying the key CPC spirit and the advancement of federation reform.
Reasons for Setting Part-time Senior Officials
On its official website, the ACWF states that it has one president and 13 vice-presidents. Among them, a total of nine ACWF officials from different fields serve as part-time vice-presidents.
According to the organization's regulations, women's federations at all levels nationwide should include several part-time officials into their local leadership, and they should be elected from women's congresses at various levels.
Such female officials should have achieved outstanding work performance, whilst also combining their advantages with their part-time posts in terms of serving, leading and organizing women to carry out many initiatives.
Job Responsibilities among Part-time Vice-Presidents
As the ACWF Regulations states, part-time vice-presidents must mainly focus on four areas of work responsibilities.
These include: promoting the CPC guidelines and the State policy of gender equality; participating in the discussion of women affairs during meetings at various levels; conducting women-related research in their representative fields; and, bringing services to women using their own strong connections.
A Brief Introduction to 9 ACWF Part-Time VPs
Reziwan Aibai, a member of the Uygur ethnic minority, was born in December 1955. She now serves as vice-president of the Political Consultative Conference of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
Jin Nuo, of Han nationality, was born in December 1956. She serves as secretary of the Party committee from Renmin University of China.
Cheng Hong, of Han nationality, was born in February 1966. She is a member of the Standing Committee of the 12th the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC); vice-president of the ACFIC; vice president of the All-China Youth Federation (ACYF); deputy mayor of Beijing Municipality; president of the Beijing Federation of Industry and Commerce; and, president of Beijing Municipal Chamber of Commerce.
Xie Ru, of Han nationality, was born in July 1968. She is deputy-governor of east China's Jiangxi Province, and director of the Jiangxi Working Committee on Children and Women.
Cui Li, of Han nationality, was born in June 1958. She is deputy-director of the National Health and Family Planning Commission.
Yin Hong, of Han nationality, was born in October 1956. She is also a member of the Standing Committee of the 12th CPPCC, secretary general and full-time vice chairperson of the Central Committee of the JSS, and deputy-director of the State Forestry Administration.
Fan Jiying, of Han nationality, was born in June 1963. She is a member of the Standing Committee of the Provincial CPC Committee of northeast China's Liaoning Province, and director of the Liaoning United Front Work Department.
Song Yushui, of Han nationality, was born in March 1966. She is vice-president of Beijing Intellectual Property Court.
China's first female astronaut Liu Yang was additionally elected as part-time vice-president of the ACWF at the 5th Plenary Session of the 11th Executive Committee of the ACWF on August 30.
Liu recalled that her selection as a female astronaut could be attributed to Gu Xiulian, former president of the ACWF and former vice-chairperson of the NPC Standing Committee.
According to Liu, in a letter written by Gu, it suggested the country should foster female astronauts, resulting in the selection of such pilots, and later space explorers.
As Liu is currently a member of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), her part-time post has restored the link between the ACWF leadership and soldiers. Previously, two PLA leaders of the ACWF included Nie Li, niece of Marshal Nie Rongzhen; and Xu Lili, deputy-political commissar of the Academy of Military Sciences of the PLA of China.
Several days prior to Liu's election, the ACWF issued guidelines to women's federations across the country, urging them to conduct reforms in their leadership by encouraging increased numbers of female officials.
|Officials attend the 5th Plenary Session of the 11th Executive Committee of the ACWF on August 30. [Women Voice]|
|Liu Yang (R) speaks during an interview. [Women Voice]|
(Source: Women Voice/Translated and edited by Women of China)