On September 18, 2018 Shanghai International Forum on Women Development was open, with Shanghai Commission of Women and Children Advancement, Shanghai Women's Federation (SWF), as well as Zaojiu as its sponsors.
A topic on "women shaping the world" was woven into the event. VIPs from CPPCC, Shanghai Chapter and UN ESCAP attended the opening and presented their addresses as well.
Themed by "Choice for Truth", the Forum invited 30 speakers from home and abroad to present their diggings and findings across areas as information technology, life science, aeronautical and space technology, business management, film and media and arts and crafts. Their presentations were well appreciated and highly commented by the participants for women's contribution to the development of civil society as a rising strength of their local communities fully recognized by speakers' deeds.
Started from 1998, the Forum has been used as a voice of women to call for public policies friendly to women, a tool to sum up women movement experience and a force of motivation to facilitate exchanges among women of different nations.
Xu Feng, deputy director of Shanghai Commission of Women and Children Advancement and chairperson of SWF made a keynote speech at the Forum, in which, she confirmed that women's contribution to the local economic and social development was valued far ahead of the whole nation based on the statistics published.
The Forum focused on three topics as "Truth of the World", "Truth of Creativity" and "Truth of Ourselves". Among speakers, Prof. Wang Xiaoyun from Qinghua University, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and an expert in password, Karen Horting, CEO of US Society of Woman Engineers and Prof. Huang Hefeng, president of International Peace Maternity and Child Health Hospital and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences presented to the audience informative keynote speeches, which earned unexpected feedback.