The 7th Congress of the Socialist Women’s Union of Korea (SWUK) was held in Pyongyang on June 20 and 21.
It comprehensively analyzed and reviewed the women’s union work during the period under review and discussed tasks and practical ways for making the union fulfil its mission and duty as the revolutionary women’s organization in the struggle for winning a new great victory in socialist construction.
The congress was attended by delegates elected by the women’s union organizations at all levels.
Present there as observers were officials of the Party, administration and armed forces organs.
The platform was taken by Ri Il Hwan, member of the Political Bureau and secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Ri Tu Song, department director of the WPK Central Committee, executive members of the Central Committee of the SWUK, chairwomen of the provincial women’s union committees, officials in charge of the women’s union work at the armed forces organs, exemplary officials and hard-core members of the women’s union organizations, and other officials concerned.
The congress elected its presidium and secretariat.
It approved the following agenda items:
1. Review of the work of the SWUK Central Committee
2. Review of the work of the SWUK Central Inspection Commission
3. On revising the rules of the SWUK
4. Election of the central leadership organ of the SWUK
At the congress, Ri Il Hwan read out “Let the Women’s Union Become a Powerful Unit in Propelling the Advance and Development of Our Style of Socialism”, the important letter sent by Kim Jong Un, general secretary of the WPK and president of the State Affairs of the DPRK, to the participants in the 7th SWUK Congress.
The respected Comrade Kim Jong Un in his letter warmly congratulated the congress on behalf of the Party Central Committee, expressing his expectation that the congress held just after the 3rd Plenary Meeting of the 8th WPK Central Committee would offer a signal occasion in awakening the members of the women’s union once again to the position and duty of the Korean women’s movement playing an important role in the revolution, and preparing them to be revolutionaries loyal to the Party and steadfast patriots.
Saying that the noble mental world and indomitable struggle of the Korean women and union members who entrust their destiny to the WPK and make devoted efforts to add victory and glory to the socialist country are the great pride of our Party and people, he appreciated that the women’s union has performed distinct feats before the country, the people and the rising generations with ardent patriotism over the past five years.
Calling upon the women’s union to signally improve the fighting efficiency in the revolutionary advance to usher in a new period of a great upsurge and turn in socialist construction and inject vitality into our revolution and propel the all-people general advance by arousing all its members to the campaign for implementing the important decisions of the Party Congress and the Party Central Committee, he set forth the tasks for the women’s union at present and the ways for carrying them out.
Jang Chun Sil, chairwoman of the SWUK Central Committee, made a report on the first agenda item “Review of the work of the SWUK Central Committee”.
She said that the convention of the 7th Congress of the SWUK, at the time when the era of fresh dynamic advance was being ushered in along the path of advance indicated by the 8th Congress of the WPK, was associated with the trust and expectation of the Party Central Committee that the women’s union would successfully fulfil its role as a transmission belt for and reliable assistant to the Party by carrying forward the spirit of heroic struggle displayed by the women of the preceding generation.
The respected General Secretary sent a historic letter to the participants in the 6th Congress of the women’s union five years ago to provide an immortal great programme for developing the women’s union work in conformity with the law-governing requirements of the development of our revolution and the Juche-oriented women’s movement, she stressed.
He made sure that the women’s union organizations at all levels were developed into militant organizations with a strong sense of organization and discipline by raising a strong wind of consolidating the organizations, she added.
She said that the achievements made in the women’s union work for implementing the tasks set forth at the 7th Party Congress are the fruition of the great leadership provided by the respected General Secretary who has led the women’s union to remain unfailingly loyal to the cause of the Party.
She said that the women’s union faces an honourable duty to fully display its militant might as a mass political organization in the general advance for implementing the fighting programme set forth at the 8th Party Congress.
She called upon the women’s union organizations at all levels to go all out for bringing about a fundamental change in the work of the women’s union true to the decisions made at the Party Congress.
She called on all the union members to work hard for the new victory of the socialist cause, rallied closely around Kim Jong Un.
There were speeches on the first agenda item.
Speakers analyzed and reviewed the achievements and experience gained in the union work in the period under review as well as mistakes and their causes.
They evinced their pledges to double their efforts with a new determination and resolve to do the union work, true to the Party’s ideas and intentions.
The congress heard a report on the second agenda item “Review of the work of the SWUK Central Inspection Commission” to be followed by speeches. A resolution was adopted with unanimous approval.
The congress discussed the third agenda item “On revising the rules of the SWUK”.
There was a report on revising the rules of the SWUK that has been modified and supplemented as required by the developing revolution and on the principle of building the women’s union, and a resolution was adopted with the unanimous approval of the delegates.
The congress discussed the fourth agenda item “Election of the central leadership organ of the SWUK”.
It elected the Central Committee of the SWUK.
All the nominees were elected members and alternate members of the Central Committee of the SWUK with the unanimous approval of the delegates.
Then, there was the first plenary meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the SWUK.
Ri Il Hwan announced the result of the plenary meeting.
The Executive Committee of the Central Committee of the SWUK was elected.
Kim Jong Sun was elected chairwoman of the Central Committee of the SWUK and Cha Hyon Ok, Ri Hyang Suk, Son Myong Ae and Ri Hae Im were elected vice-chairwomen.
The Organizing Committee of the Central Committee of the SWUK was formed.
The chairwoman, vice-chairwomen and members of the Central Inspection Commission of the SWUK were elected.
Department directors of the Central Committee of the SWUK were appointed.
The congress elected the committee for drafting the resolution of the congress with newly-elected members of the 7th central leadership organ of the SWUK, and the committee comprehensively examined the draft resolution on the first agenda item.
A resolution on the first agenda item which has been supplemented with the contents of the work for thoroughly carrying out the important tasks set forth in the letter of the respected General Secretary and the creative and constructive opinions of the delegates was adopted with unanimous approval.