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."