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Monday, September 28, 2015, 10:31

Xi makes proposal on promoting women's rights

By Xinhua
Xi makes proposal on promoting women's rights

President Xi Jinping laughs during the Global Leaders' Meeting on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment at the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York, Sept 27, 2015. ( Photo / Agencies)

President Xi Jinping on Sunday made a four-point proposal on further advancing women's rights worldwide while addressing a high-level summit at the United Nations (UN) headquarters.

Speaking at the Global Leaders' Meeting on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment, Xi said the pursuit of gender equality is "a great cause," for "a review of history shows that without women's liberation and progress, the liberation and progress of mankind would not be attainable."

"On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations and the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, it is of great significance for us to convene this Global Leaders' Meeting to reaffirm our commitment to gender equality and women's development and make plans for a better future," he said.

The president put forward a four-point proposal on promoting gender equality and women's all-round development worldwide.

"First, we should strive for women's development in tandem with social and economic progress," Xi said, pointing to the need for "more well-rounded development strategies" and updated policies to stimulate women's potential, raise their participation and ensure their equal share in social and economic development.

Second, countries should protect women's rights and interests, which are basic human rights and must be protected by laws and regulations and integrated into national and social rules and norms, said the president.

"We must build up women's capacity of playing their part in the society and economy, involve women in higher levels of decision making and support them in becoming leaders in political, business and academic fields," Xi said.

Countries must ensure sufficient basic medical services for women, ensure that school is affordable and safe for every girl, and develop vocational and life-long education for women to help them better adapt to changes in society and the job market, he said.

The president also proposed to make joint efforts to build harmonious and inclusive societies, as "a society with less discrimination or prejudice against women is often more inclusive and dynamic."

"We must eradicate all forms of violence against women, including domestic violence. We should focus on gender equality and dismiss outdated mentalities and customs inhibiting women's development," Xi said, adding that he appreciates UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's "He for She" Initiative and hopes more men will join in the action.

Fourth, Xi called for fostering "a global environment favorable for women's development."

"We must stand firmly for peace, development and win-win cooperation, cherish peace dearly and uphold it so that every woman and child will enjoy the sunshine of happiness and tranquility," he said.

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