Female Foreign Diplomats Urged to Contribute More to Cooperation
|Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan and the female ambassadors and chargés d' affaires pose for a group photo. Photo: VNA|
Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan on October 19 hosted a reception for female ambassadors and chargés d' affaires from foreign diplomatic representative agencies in Vietnam on the occasion of the Vietnamese Women’s Day (October 20).
At the meeting, Xuan highlighted Vietnamese women’s great contributions to the country’s reform and international integration, as well as achievements Vietnam has recorded in women’s empowerment in various spheres, VietnamPlus reported.
She also reiterated Vietnam’s consistent priority of promoting gender equality and empowering women and girls.
The country has made progress in raising gender equality in politics, the Vice President said, adding that women account for 30.26 percent of the National Assembly deputies, the highest over the past 45 years, and half of leaders of ministries and ministerial-level agencies.
The rate of women-led businesses also reaches 26.5 percent, placing Vietnam sixth among countries with the highest number of businesswomen, Xuan continued.
|Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan speaks at the meeting. Photo: VNA|
She suggested the ambassadors and chargés d' affaires further contribute to facilitating travelling and trading between the countries, and boosting exchanges and meetings of all-level delegations, preparing for cooperation post COVID-19.
The Vice President also called for tightened cooperation in promoting gender equality, both bilaterally and multilaterally, for sustainable development goals, and for a dynamic, inclusive and prosperous future.
She expressed her hope that with the existing foundation, efforts by the diplomats and Vietnam’s initiatives, relations between Vietnam and countries will prosper in the time ahead.
For their part, the diplomats said Vietnam always strongly supports women’s rights and gender equality to fully uphold their role and power in national construction and defence, and raise their position in political, economic, cultural and social fields.
Vietnam has continuously taken the lead in agendas on women, peace and security, both regionally and internationally, they said, noting that more and more Vietnamese women officers have joined UN peacekeeping operations, making an example for other countries.
They expressed their readiness to cooperate with Vietnam in issues relating to gender equality through different means and forms such as development cooperation, business and trade initiatives, policy dialogues and experience sharing to better empower women and girls.
More opportunities for Vietnamese women to shine
|Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh meets representatives of Vietnamese women on the occasion of Vietnamese Women's Day October 20. Photo: VOV|
At a meeting with outstanding Vietnamese women in Hanoi on October 19, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh reiterated the Vietnamese Party and State’s acknowledgement of Vietnamese women’s role and contribution to national development.
The Government leader highlighted Vietnamese policies on gender equality, women’s health, and job generation, according to VOV.
He asked ministries and sectors to review policies on women and children and focus on support for those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The government will work out policies to help female workers in industrial parks, focusing on accommodation, kindergartens, and schools, Chinh said.
The PM asked the Women’s Union to make efforts towards family building and sustainable poverty reduction and mobilize women to engage more in the fight against Covid-19./.
On October 20, 1930, the Vietnam Women’s Union was officially formed as a collective against imperialism. Vietnamese women were a strong force during the war, as they were equally fierce in their bravery and sacrifice. But this collective endurance has continued into the present.
Vietnamese society often takes this day to show appreciation for the women in their personal lives. Events or ceremonies take place across cities and women receive flowers and gifts from their partners and friends. But most importantly, it’s a day to celebrate and inspire young Vietnamese women by recognizing the economic and political achievements of women throughout history in addition to their traditional roles.
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