The 2012 China Women's Studies Association Annual Conference opened in Hefei, capital of east China's Anhui Province, with the theme 'The Development and Prosperity of Socialist Culture and Gender Equality' on September 20, 2012.
Vice Chairperson of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC) and President of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) Chen Zhili attended the opening ceremony and delivered a speech, in which she emphasized the importance of understanding the significance of gender culture to the development and prosperity of socialist culture. She said that it is important to carry out research and promote gender equality.
She also said that the construction of advanced gender culture is linked with the development of the Chinese women's movement.
Also in attendance at the ceremony were officials from provincial women's federations and experts from universities across China.