——“美丽新世界 和谐姐妹情” 中国传媒大学与外国驻华使节夫人、女外交官及外交官夫人“三八”节联谊会
Good morning everyone！
Just now, President Liu Jinan, and UNESCO advisor for Communication and Information of UNESCO Beijing Office Dana Ziyasheva conferred certificate of appointment to 25 ladies from 19 countries’ embassies to China, inviting them to be special consultant and guest director for UNESCO-CUC Chair on Media and Gender. It’s our great honor to have such an excellent group of international standouts, and it’s our strong belief that the work of our chair will thus be promoted greatly.
From now on we have transcended the boundary of language, culture and geography and work together to strive for the same objective–women’s development and gender equality and equity. On behalf of UNESCO-CUC Chair on Media and Gender, please allow me to extend my sincere gratitude and warmest congratulations.
We gather here today and celebrate our holiday. This event does not only give us an opportunity to celebrate our sisterhood but also to review our obligation and mission in women’s development.
Today is our holiday. Looking back to every achievement in women’s development in the past centuries, we feel proud from the bottom of our heart. Women used to be deprived of suffrage; now in the world there are 10 women presidents and premiers. Women used to be deprived of education; now many women presidents are working in higher education. Women used to be confined to their domestic life; now many lady diplomats are playing a role in world politics. Women used to be illiterate; now high technology is under their grasp. Women used to be silent; now the voices of women are being heard especially in media industry. All these are the great achievements of our world.
The official name of international women’s day is: U.N. Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace. It means the respect for women, but at the same time it highlights the fact that women as a group is a disadvantaged group and needs the attention of the world. Women account for two thirds of 860 million illiterates in the world. Some women are still suffering from domestic violence and social violation just because they are women. Girls in the poor regions are the ones to drop out in priority. Also, in some areas of some countries, the birth rate of male and female baby is out of balance. Some people show their concern about this, because boys’ outnumbering girls will lead to the crisis, that is, in the future, many men will be unable to find marriageable women. But how many of them have ever thought about this: behind this imbalance how many female babies are deprived of the birth rights and life rights?
We all know a fact that now women are becoming the great labor force, but there is still a glass ceiling on the top of women, obstructing them from accessing top level of the administration. Media industry is not an exception. Owing to media’s great influence in people’s life and ideology, from 2000,UNESCO calls on the media worldwide to participate in the global initiative “Women Make the News” and to hand over editorial responsibility to women on March 8th.. It is hoped that women may obtain more power in the media and make more contributions to women’s development and gender equality.
To promote the research and create better media environment for women’s development, UNESCO set a chair on Media and Gender in Communication University of China in September 2005. This is the first chair in communication field in the whole country. With the rich academic source of CUC，and advantageous position of UNESCO in fields of education, culture and communication, the chair has been carrying out a series of research, practice and academic exchanges. At present, our chair has undertaken several important domestic and overseas programs and projects. With the support of UNESCO Beijing office, In January this year, we successfully held our first conference, Media and Gender Beijing International Forum. Foreign experts and chair-holders from 7 countries and 40 delegates from Mainland China attended it.
Our chair attaches great importance to international academic exchanges. In the meanwhile, it takes its root in China and serves the need of local women. Last summer our fellow researchers went to Tibet and did field research in Bailang County, one of China’s poorest counties. According to their research we have made a plan to establish media training center in Bailang, with the hope to help the poor local women grasp basic skills, through their accession to media and change their fate with knowledge.
Today, we are so pleased to see we have more companions to work together to jointly contribute to women’s development. All of you, distinguished ladies from different countries, are extraordinary women with great social influence. We wish we could jointly contribute more to the women’s development worldwide.
Dear friends, the earth is beautiful because of different colors and different scenery. The world is beautiful because of different nation, culture and gender. The theme of today’s party is “Beautiful New World & Harmonious Sisterhood”. A beautiful new world is a world where there is no discrimination, no injustice. A beautiful new world is a world where men and women are enjoying the same rights and making the same contributions. The building of a beautiful new world needs us to work together.
Let’s work hand-in-hand to build a beautiful and harmonious new world, just start from now.