The All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) announced winners from this year's national Looking for the Most Beautiful Family campaign on May 24 in Beijing.
Chinese Vice-President Li Yuanchao, who also serves as member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, attended the event and delivered a speech.
Li urged women's federations at various levels to act in accordance with President Xi Jinping's remarks; play a role in family building; and, realize the "Chinese dream of national rejuvenation" along with the happiness of hundreds of millions of women and families.
Li further encouraged federations to embrace the upcoming success of the 19th National Congress of the CPC.
The event was hosted by Shen Yueyue, vice-chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) and president of the ACWF.
Song Xiuyan, vice-president and first member of the Secretariat of the ACWF, released work plans for the federation at the event.
Remarks from Li Yuanchao
In his speech, Li called families the "cells of society," stressing that "family-building is an important cornerstone of social development and civilization."
Those "most beautiful families" share several features in common, and embody the ethos of the socialist spiritual civilization in the contemporary era, Li said. The official encouraged women from the general population to play a leading role in household construction.
Women's federations at different levels should promote the building of “beautiful” families and make it a key pursuit of happiness, he declared.
Key factors include harmonious family relationship, positive family virtues, and households' role in promoting social harmony.
The priority in family education is to nurture people with positive values and to foster their merits.
Li also encouraged parents to exert a positive influence on their children through words and deeds.
A "beautiful" family should also highlight its clean household style, reflecting CPC members' shared point of view.
Core Socialist values should be deeply rooted in every family, Li stressed.
Remarks from Shen Yueyue
Shen urged women's federations to fully study and implement President Xi's keynote remarks.
Federation officials should regard household civilization construction as a long-term key goal, to be acted out in accordance with core socialist values.
Shen encouraged federations to promote the campaign in an extensive and in-depth way.
Thus, the initiative will become attractive to more families, especially young couples, Shen added.
The ACWF president urged targeted and effective activities on clean family styles to be carried out among Party and government departments. She urged for initiatives to take place including new customs and social ethos among the countryside and villages; and, events promoting harmonious and green living in cities.
Meanwhile, families should enhance improving children's ideological and moral education, Shen stressed. In terms of the means of promotion, this can include interviews, newspapers, TV and new media.
Officials should devote themselves in the formation of a new social ethos representing the building of a socialist household civilization; uniting and leading women and their families to contribute efforts in the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects; realizing the "Chinese dream"; and, embracing the further triumph of the 19th National Congress of the CPC.
Remarks from Song Xiuyan
Song made a comprehensive introduction to those achieved results so far since the ACWF launched the national campaign, and issued the deployment work report for the next stage.
Multi-level women's federations should guide women in combining the affections to their families with patriotic emotions to the country; and closely uniting around the CPC Central Committee with Xi as the core leader, said Song.
Song encouraged others to spread positive family virtues in a broader way, create a social atmosphere highlighting family values and morals; and, stress the importance of the "most beautiful families".
It is hoped many role models can play a role in the initiative, which is a long-term mechanism in tune with current times and its attractiveness to families, Song said.
Various activities will expand the campaign's coverage and improve families' willingness for participation.
Song urged federations to meet the success of the 19th National Congress of the CPC with outstanding results achieved from the building of household civilization.
Introduction to the Campaign
The event unveiled a total of 991 "most beautiful families" across the nation.
Through songs, videos, and interviews, the campaign displayed stories of honest and upright households from families of Lei Changgen, Li Mailing and Xu Zhanhai; and, the eco-initiatives of green households from families such as those of Li Yunli, Liu Zhonglan and Hu Guanmei.
Meanwhile, the households of Wang Shuxiang and Li Ruihong were honored for spreading traditional virtues and promoting a new social ethos.
Attendees at the event included the ACWF's Beijing-based full-time and part-time vice-presidents; members of the Secretariat of the ACWF; officials from the Civilization Office of the CPC Central Committee; women's federation officials from provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities; federation officials from Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps; officials from women's work committee for offices directly under the CPC Central Committee; and, officials from the Organization of the Political Affairs Department of the Central Military Commission.
Meanwhile, nationwide representatives of the Most Beautiful Families and representatives from the general population in the capital also convened at the event.
Ever since the national campaign was launched three years ago, women's federations at different levels have been exploring innovative ways to promote the activity in various fields, including in city-and-township communities, organizations, schools, the military, enterprises, and other organizations.
In conclusion, the activity has achieved a growing coverage and influence.
Statistics reveal some 330 million people have participated in the campaign via its off-line and online initiatives.
Through relevant recommendations and selections, a total of 2.66 million households have been honored with the title of Most Beautiful Family at various levels.
In all, these events have made the campaign a leading brand of the women's federation.
(Source: Women Voice/Translated and edited by Women of China)