|Shen Yueyue, Vice Chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress and President of the All-China Women's Federation at the Commemoration of March 8th International Women's Day [Women of China/Fan Wenjun]|
Friends and Sisters,
We gather here today to celebrate the International Women's Day. On behalf of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), I would like to warmly welcome all the distinguished guests from home and abroad, and extend festival greetings and best wishes to our sisters of all ethnic groups and from all walks of life in China and to all women across the world.
2017 was a milestone year in the development of the Party and the country. The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) was successfully held, establishing the historical position of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, formulating the guidance and blueprint for building socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era, and embarking on a new journey towards a modern socialist China. Over the past year, under the leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, people of all ethnic groups in China have come together and made great efforts to promote progress while ensuring stability, pursue the new development philosophy, implement the five-sphere integrated plan and the four-pronged comprehensive strategy in a coordinated manner, advance the supply-side structural reform and implement the key measures to eliminate poverty and improve living standards, thus making new achievements in all aspects of socialism with Chinese characteristics.
The CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core attaches great importance to the cause of women. In his speech at the 19th party congress, General Secretary Xi Jinping emphasized that “we must adhere to the basic state policy of gender equality and protect the legitimate rights and interests of women and minors”. This fully demonstrates the commitment of the Party and government to gender equality and all-round development of women in the new era. Under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, new achievements have been constantly made in the cause of women in China, the scale of employment for women has continued to expand, the number of poor women in rural areas has drastically decreased, and women's equal rights have been effectively protected. Today, women have a greater sense of fulfillment, happiness and security. Being mindful of the bigger picture of national development, women's federations at all levels have been committed to serving women, especially at the grass-roots level, and upholding women's lawful rights and interests. We have maintained close contacts with women, united them to follow the lead of the Party and make achievements in their own positions. Women have been able to play their unique role in social and family life, integrate their personal ideal and pursuit into the development of the Party and the country, and contribute to the cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era and give full play to their role as “Half of the Sky” in the realization of the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation.
A new era calls for a new look and new accomplishments. We will rally more closely behind the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, fully implement the guidelines of the 19th party congress and follow the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. We will encourage all women in China to maintain political integrity, think in terms of the big picture, follow the leadership core, keep in alignment with the central Party leadership, have full confidence in the path, theory, system and culture of socialism with Chinese characteristics, firmly follow the lead of the Party, and contribute our share to the success of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era.
Sisters and Friends,
The dream of the Chinese is closely connected with the dreams of people across the world. Let's work together for a community with a shared future for mankind and a better future for all.
I wish you a happy International Women's Day and all the best in life.
(Remarks delivered by Madam Shen Yueyue, Vice Chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress and President of the All-China Women's Federation at at the Commemoration of March 8th International Women's Day)