Background of International Forum on Women (IFW)

2015-10-26 14:06:22   China Soong Ching Ling Foundation

Today, women not only shoulder major responsibilities in economic construction, but at the same time are a pillar of social harmony and stability. On September 27, 2015, to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations and the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Conference on Women, President Xi Jinping delivered a speech at the Global Leaders' Meeting on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: a Commitment to Action held at United Nations Headquarters, in which he put forward China's views on gender equality and commitments to action.

Mme. Soong Ching Ling made outstanding contributions to the liberation of women and human progress. She pointed out that "The position of women is the measure of the development of the nation. Today only a nation that understands this can become great." In her opinion, "the liberation of women and all the oppressed are one." She also called to "fight for the liberation of women by joining efforts with women around the world" and to "form a women's united front". These ideas still guide us today as we carry on her work and rally together with women in other countries of the world. After the founding of New China, Mme. Soong Ching Ling was elected Honorary President of the All-China Women's Federation and made vital contributions to women's progress.

Committed to carrying on the work of Mme. Soong Ching Ling, the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation has worked for the progress of women and children since its establishment. In this spirit, and out of concern for contemporary women's issues, we, as an institution with UN ECOSOC special consultative status, are holding together with UNDP this international Forum on Women in concurrence with the 20th anniversary of the Beijing World Conference on Women and the recent UN Global Leaders' Meeting on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment. Our theme is: "Women Development Future".

This forum aims at providing a platform for outstanding women and experts from China and abroad to discuss women's issues we face today and share experience and wisdom.