|Song Xiuyan (C) visits a women's handicrafts workshop. [Women Voice]|
Song Xiuyan, vice-president and first member of the Secretariat of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), highlighted Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era during a recent interview.
" 'To lead a large socialist country of over 1.3 billion people, our Party must be both politically strong and highly competent,' President Xi Jinping said at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC),” Song quoted.
Xi also urged the trade unions, the Communist Youth League of China organizations, women's federations and other people's organizations to strengthen their political consciousness, become more advanced, and better represent the people; to play their role as bridges linking the Party with the people; and, to organize and motivate the people to follow the Party, Song said.
Song, in the interview, stated that Chinese people should closely unite around the CPC Central Committee with Xi as the core leader and strive to fulfill the targets put forward at the Congress.
Mass organizations should continue to play their advantages so as to unify people around the CPC leadership, Song added.
When asked about the significance of women's federations as a bridge linking the Party with women, Song said that Xi has emphasized the importance of mass organizations innovation, made remarks on those organizations' responsibilities and missions, and moreover, laid a solid political foundation for women's work.
Song said that women officials should fully study the keynote speech made by Xi at the Congress, implement the spirit of the meeting and act in line with Xi Jinping Thought.
The ACWF will continue to carry out activities to promote the Congress spirit among women, launch associated educational campaigns and strive to meet Xi's requirements for mass organizations, Song added.
The ACWF has taken advantage of its 6,700 websites and new media platforms, as well as 900,000 groups on WeChat, the most popular instant messaging app in China, to publicize the Congress spirit. The ACWF has also organized multiple seminars and artistic performances at 700,000 Women's Home activity centers over the past few years.
In addition, the ACWF has invited hundreds of female role models to popularize the CPC's achievements among grassroots women across the country. Those models included female delegates to the 19th CPC National Congress, presidents of women's federations, National March 8th Red-Banner Holders and representatives of the Looking for the Most Beautiful Families campaign, Song told People's Daily.
Under the leadership of the CPC Central Committee, the Party leadership group of the ACWF has shouldered the political responsibility in guiding and advancing organizational reform, Song said.
The ACWF should highlight political consciousness, become more advanced and better represent the people, Song said, when it comes to how to make full use of the federation's function as a link.
Song hoped relevant officials could deepen organizational reform in line with the spirits, plans, and requirements of the CPC Central Committee in regard to reform; and, act in parallel with the Central Committee in terms of political stance, direction, principal and path.
Officials should also underscore the importance of clearly "showing the flag of politics" and fulfill their responsibilities in uniting women to follow the CPC leadership and mobilizing women to build good family traditions, Song added.
Afterwards, Song expressed her hope that nationwide organizations could improve their serving abilities toward women and safeguard women's rights and interests.
She also highlighted a series of issues: the reform tasks and officials' responsibilities for the upcoming year; and the development of online women's federations, for example, the official publicity media platform Women Voice, along with its Internet-based operational platform.
Women's federations should improve their work methods, further expand the channels for women and children's rights protection, provide practical service for grassroots women and join women's efforts in promoting the development of the Party's causes, Song concluded.
|Attendees at the 19th CPC National Congress, which was held in Beijing from October 18-24, 2017. [Xinhua]|
|Song Xiuyan talks with villagers and local officials in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. [Women Voice]|
|A female volunteer helps an elderly woman. [Women Voice]|
|Women learn the spirit of the 19th CPC National Congress on their smart phones. [Women Voice]|
(Source: Women Voice/Translated and edited by Women of China)