For more than 1,000 Chinese women, from all ethnicities and walks of life, 2008 was a particularly remarkable year, as they attended a grand gathering held in Beijing from October 28-31, to celebrate the 10th National Women's Congress of China.
The 1,449 women deputies were composed of 1,280 formal deputies and 169 invited deputies. During the four-day-session of the congress, deputies reviewed the work report submitted by the Ninth Executive Committee of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), which highlighted achievements related to Chinese women in the past five years and outlined the goals that Chinese women, from all segments of society, will try to meet during the next five years. The congress deliberated and adopted the amendment to the Constitution of the All-China Women's Federation, and elected ACWF's new leading body.
The Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Chinese Government showed great concern for the congress, which marked Chinese women's development in a new era. President Hu Jintao and other top State leaders Wu Bangguo, Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang attended the opening ceremony, which was held in the Great Hall of the People on October 28. He Guoqiang, Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Secretary of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, and Lu Hao, First Member of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League of China, delivered speeches during the opening ceremony to congratulate on hosting the congress.
During their stay in Beijing, the deputies were invited to watch the Peking Opera Turandot at the National Center for the Performing Arts. They also visited some Olympic venues, such as the "Bird's Nest" (National Stadium) and the "Water Cube" (National Aquatics Center).
The 1,000 and more deputies gathered again in the Great Hall of the People on October 31 to attend the closing ceremony of the congress. The congress, which provided deputies with a platform to discuss women's issues and set goals for the next five years, encouraged women to continue their march toward a promising future and devote themselves to the construction of a more prosperous and harmonious society.