Xi Jinping delivered an important speech at the 25th anniversary high level conference of the World Conference on women in Beijing

 Xi Jinping delivered an important speech at the 25th anniversary high level conference of the World Conference on women in Beijing

Xi Jinping stressed that in the past 25 years, the spirit of the World Conference on women in Beijing has been giving rise to positive changes. Womens social status has been significantly improved, and the role of half the sky has become increasingly prominent. Gender equality and womens empowerment have become important goals of the UN 2030 agenda for sustainable development. The novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic is spreading all over the world, and women are facing greater challenges. In the process of fighting the epidemic and promoting economic and social recovery, we should pay special attention to the special needs of women and implement the Beijing Declaration and platform for action.

First, help women get rid of the impact of the epidemic. We should pay attention to the physical health, social psychological needs and working environment of front-line female medical workers. The protection of womens and girls rights and interests should be placed in an important position in public health and the plan of returning to work and giving birth again, so as to crack down on violations of womens rights and interests. We should strengthen social services, give priority to the protection of pregnant women, children and other special groups, pay special attention to poor women, elderly women, disabled women and other difficult groups, and do good things, solve problems and do practical things for them.

Second, make gender equality come true. The protection of womens rights and interests must be raised to the will of the state. We should take the post epidemic recovery as an opportunity to provide new opportunities for womens political participation and improve their participation in the management of state, economic, cultural and social affairs. It is necessary to eliminate prejudice, discrimination and violence against women and make gender equality a code of conduct and value standard to be followed by the whole society.

Fourth, strengthen global cooperation in womens cause. China supports the United Nations to give priority to womens work, increase investment in eliminating violence, discrimination, poverty and other old issues, and do something to solve new challenges such as the gender digital divide, so as to make womens goals the early harvest of the 2030 agenda.

Xi Jinping emphasized that equality between men and women is Chinas basic national policy. China has established a comprehensive legal system to protect womens rights and interests, including more than 100 laws and regulations. The gender gap in compulsory education has been basically eliminated, and more than 40% of the employed people are women. Five years ago, I proposed to hold a global womens summit and put forward a series of global cooperation initiatives, which have been fully implemented. We will continue to increase our support for womens cause all over the world. China proposes to hold another global womens summit in 2025.

Finally, Xi Jinping pointed out that building a world free of discrimination against women is still a long way to go to build a inclusive society. Let us continue to work together to accelerate the realization of gender equality and promote the development of womens cause in the world.