Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping said Sunday that China encouraged women employed in science and technology to contribute more to the country's modernization, social progress and the rejuvenation of the Chinese people.
|Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping speaks at the opening ceremony of the four-day Fourth General Assembly and International Conference of the Third World Organizaion for Women in Science (TWOWS) in Beijing June 27, 2010. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)|
Xi made the remarks in his address at the opening ceremony of the 4th General Assembly and International Conference of the Third World Organization for Women in Science (TWOWS), which opened in Beijing on Sunday.
Established in 1989, the TWOWS is the first international forum bringing together women scientists from the South with the objective of strengthening their role in the development process and promoting their representation in scientific and technological leadership.
In implementing the programs for mid- and long-term scientific and technological development, as well as human resource development, China would work to build a large, high-quality force of women working in science and technology, Xi said.
As the world's largest developing country, China maintains to its basic state policy of promoting gender equality and attaches importance to creating more opportunities for the fostering and career development of Chinese women in science, he said,
|Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (C) poses for a group photo with the women awardees of the Third World Organizaion for Women in Science (TWOWS) in Beijing June 27, 2010. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)|
"Two-fifths of China's 35 million scientific and technologic personnel,and one-third of those personnel in senior professional ranks, are women," Xi noted.
He praised women in science worldwide as "an important part of the great force driving the progress of human civilization".
"Despite of family duties, the women in science have made significant contributions to science and technology as well as innovation of humanity, especially in disciplines such as medicine, biology, chemistry and interdisciplinary fields spanning social and natural sciences," he told the roughly 600 attendants from over 50 countries and regions.
The 4th General Assembly and International Conference, entitled "Women Scientists in a Changing World", is hosted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the TWOWS, and the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World.
The conference is to continue through Wednesday.