Vietnam pays attention to institutionalising gender equality
Updated : Saturday, September 22, 2018 9:12 AM (GMT+0700)

Vietnamis paying more and more attention to institutionalising gender equality andwomen empowerment, said Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh at a plenary sessionof the second Eurasian Women’s Forum in Saint Petersburg of Russia on September20.

Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh addresses a plenary session of the second Eurasian
Women’s Forum - Photo: VNA

Thinh stated that Vietnamhas set specific targets in this field, including increasing the participationof women in management and leadership positions, narrowing gender gap in theeconomic and labour fields, offering more opportunities for poor women in ruralareas and ethnic minority women, increasing the quality of female workers, andensuring gender equality in all aspects and in the family.

The country has gainedpositive results, as seen in the rate of women holding positions in theNational Assembly and all-level People’s Councils reaching 26-27 percent, therate of women participating in economic activities at 85 percent and theproportion of trained female workers at 55 percent.

Vietnamese women are takingthe initiative and actively taking part in start-up and internationalintegration, she added.

The Vietnamese leaderappreciated contributions by the Eurasian Women’s Forum to connecting womenfrom different nations and cultures in Asia and Europe, promoting women’s rolein all aspects of social life, thus building a world of peace, security,prosperity and sustainable development.

She said that changes in theworld situation such as the fourth Industrial Revolution and internationalintegration have brought many opportunities to women. However, they are facinga lot of challenges caused by uneven development, conflict risks, terrorism,natural disasters, climate change and increasing protectionism.

This requires theinternational community, including the Eurasian Women’s Forum, to join hands tosolve these challenges.

Vice President Thinh calledon women around the world to take the initiative to boos economic connectivityand international cooperation, and improve their knowledge by themselves toavoid being left behind.

Every nation should considerthe ensuring of gender equality and women empowerment one of the prioritytasks, she suggested.

She also expressed her hopethat women will expand international collaboration to contribute more to theimplementation of sustainable development goals.

On the sidelines of theforum, Vice President Thinh met Georgy Poltavchenko, Governor of SaintPetersburg, who affirmed his hope to boost cooperation between the city with HoChi Minh City and other Vietnamese localities and contribute to theRussia-Vietnam comprehensive strategic partnership.

He shared that his city isworking with the Vietnamese side to build a museum on the US war in Vietnam anda Vietnam trade-culture centre in the city, and is willing to share its experiencein city management, information technology, health, ship building,manufacturing, environment and tourism.

The first edition of theEurasian Women’s Forum was also held in Saint Petersburg in 2015.

This year’s forum, themed“Women for Global Security and Sustainable Development”, attracted about 2,000delegates from more than 100 countries over the world.


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