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Song Wenyan, Deputy Director-General of the International Liaison Department of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), and two other representatives attended a series of events, held in Thailand from July 30-August 3, to celebrate Thai Women's Day 2016. The ACWF delegates were invited to the events by Wandee Khunchornyakong Juljarern, President of the National Council of Women of Thailand.
The theme of the celebration was the Power of Thai Women under the Greatest Kindness of Her Majesty the Queen, the Mother of the Land. More than 1,500 people, including women representatives from China, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, as well as entrepreneurs and government officials from Thailand, participated in the events.
Chu Qingling, wife of Ning Fukui, Chinese ambassador to Thailand, and Leni Robredo, the Philippines vicepresident, were co-winners of the Honorary Award of Outstanding Women. The ACWF, the Women's Council of Brunei and the Career Women's Group of Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry were cowinners of the Award of Outstanding Women Organization. Representatives of Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar were named Outstanding Women of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations).
On behalf of ACWF, Song received the Award of Outstanding Women Organization. That award was presented by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. During an interview with Thai media outlets, Song expressed gratitude for the warm reception from the National Council of Women of Thailand. She spoke of the significance of the celebration, Thai women's achievements in all walks of life, the friendly ties between Chinese and Thai women and, in particular, the friendship between ACWF and the National Council of Women of Thailand.
A China-ASEAN crafts exhibition was held as part of the celebration. Enterprises from China, Thailand and the Philippines displayed clothes, bags, ornaments, foods and crafts produced by their people. Yunnan Women's Federation organized the province's women entrepreneurs' participation in the exhibition.
In addition, participants exchanged opinions on how to enhance gender equality and women's development. They discussed ways to make policies, enact laws and provide training to help women escape poverty and achieve self-development.
Thai Women's Day was established by Her Majesty, the Queen Sirikit Kitiyakorn, in 2003. It falls on August 1 every year. This year marks the 70th anniversary of His Majesty, the King Bhumibol Adulyadej's ascension to the throne. This year also marks Queen Kitiyakorn's 84th birthday and the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the National Council of Women of Thailand.