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[2012] Mayor’s Speech

  • Seoul smiles only if its women smile.

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    Briefing Session on the Ten Core Tasks of Women’s Policy

    Date: April 16, 2012
    Venue: Main Conference Hall, Seosomun Building, Seoul City Hall

    On the occasion of International Women’s Day, on March 8, the Seoul Metropolitan Government announced its vision “Seoul, a city that transforms women’s lives,” as a blueprint for bringing greater happiness to the lives of Seoul’s 5.3 million women.

    “Seoul smiles only if its women smile”. The more I think about it, the more I like this slogan, and nothing could be closer to the truth. The administration of the city is carried out by its people, and if we look around, it is easy to see that when women are happy, their society, country, and homes are more prosperous, peaceful, and cheerful. As such, we would like to reaffirm our promise to make this the first year of administration based on gender equality by incorporating women’s perspectives and demands in all policies of our city.

    The vision “Seoul, a city that transforms women’s lives” spans six sectors that are directly linked to the lives of women, including gender equality, jobs, health, and safety, and contains ten core tasks that need to carried out. Among the various plans concerning the implementation of those tasks, our team will select six of the most promising. I understand that the participants here today will take part in a field evaluation, and an event will also be held to honor the department that delivers the best presentation. This event will be modeled after the Nagasu (“I Am a Singer” television program) method, and I wish both the presenters and judges’ good luck.

    Today, we will announce our plan for strengthening this vision and its implementation, with new and developmental tasks also being mentioned. The Seoul Metropolitan Government will do its best to ensure that our efforts are effective, not only today but every day. Thank you.