First Vietnamese Women's Forum Held in Europe
|Phan Bich Thien, vice president of the Association of the Vietnamese in Hungary, president of the Vietnam Women's Union in Hungary.|
This is the first Vietnamese Women's Forum in Europe and also the first time that an event of the Vietnamese community is held at the headquarters of the highest legislative body of the host country in Europe. The forum is sponsored by the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Vietnamese Embassy in Hungary. They cooperated with the Vietnam Women's Union in Hungary to organize the forum.
With the participation of 250 guests, the forum discussed issues related to women in the new era.
It is the era of digital transformation with landmark developments in technology that poses opportunities and challenges for Vietnamese women abroad. This is so that they can still preserve and spread the traditional values of Vietnamese women while keeping up with the times and integrating well.
Phan Bich Thien, vice president of the Association of the Vietnamese in Hungary, president of the Vietnam Women's Union in Hungary highlighted these remarkable points of the forum.
What is the reason for your idea of organizing a forum of Vietnamese women in Europe?
In recent years, the overseas Vietnamese movement in general and in Europe particularly is growing, in which women's activities are also important.
In many European countries, Vietnamese women's organizations have long been established, such as the Vietnam Women's Union in Hungary, established in 2006.
In addition, there are a number of locations where women's organizations are established recently and there are also many areas where women's organizations are not yet available. However, women always contribute an important part in the work of the community, in building the community as well as towards the homeland.
Therefore, the idea of how to connect and exchange experiences to learn from women's organizations as well as between Vietnamese women in European countries was formed long before the Covid pandemic.
Through more than 20 years of experience working in the women's movement, I personally find networking important. Thus, we can create a basis for women to exchange and learn from each other. Working together helps the women's movement grow stronger, helps women in all countries integrate better.
In 2022 during the official visit of National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue to Hungary, I also reported this idea to the Vietnamese Embassy in Hungary and President Vuong Dinh Hue. The Vietnamese Embassy in Hungary and President Vuong Dinh Hue strongly support and encourage efforts to organize a Vietnamese Women's Forum in Europe. This creates conditions to build a network of Vietnamese women in Europe so that women can better bond, integrate, and contribute to the homeland.
What topics will be covered in this forum?
The women's movement has many fields. Currently, the women's movement in Europe is developing strongly in such areas as preserving the traditions of Vietnamese women, ao dai contests, and Vietnamese charm contests.
There is also an important area of how to integrate well and be appropriate in new circumstances, especially in the 4.0 revolution era.
The topic of this Forum is, with Industry 4.0, what Vietnamese women need to do to preserve Vietnamese values and at the same time integrate well.
Industry 4.0 with the current rapid technological development poses opportunities and challenges for Vietnamese women and overseas Vietnamese particularly. Therefore, in the forum, I want to mention how to preserve the national identity but at the same time integrate well in the new era.
I hope the forum will gather all the representatives of women who are working in different fields such as science and technology, and social activities.
I hope that the participants will bring to the forum their opinions, specific and enthusiastic discussions, and proposals so that the women's movement in Europe will be raised to a new level.
I would like to have the opinions of many generations of women, in order to get a complete picture of all aspects of Vietnamese women's activities in Europe, to find opportunities and possibilities to cooperate more effectively.
|Illustrative image. Photo: Yonhap|
What is remarkable about the organization of the Vietnam Women's Forum in Europe at this time?
With the great companionship and support of the Vietnamese Embassy in Hungary, the Vietnamese Women's Union in Hungary hosted the Vietnam Women's Forum in Europe.
This is the first time a Vietnamese Women's Forum has been held abroad. This is also consistent with the spirit of the Congress of the Vietnam Women's Union.
One of the Women's Union policies is to connect and build networks of Vietnamese women abroad, to collaborate with women in the country in women's activities. We are also honored to be officially sponsored by the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This forum has a great meaning. This is like a turning point, a breakthrough to elevate Vietnamese women's activities in Europe to a new level.
In fact, not every locality has a women's organization, even in many areas there are many different women's organizations such as women's unions, and women's clubs with other participants and forms of activities.
All of these activities are in service of the women's movement. Therefore, the forum will be a place to meet and connect organizations, as well as women individuals who have many contributions and are enthusiastic about the overseas Vietnamese women's movement.
A huge success was that the forum is held in the Hungarian Parliament Building.
For the first time, an event for overseas Vietnamese is held at the headquarters of the highest legislative body of the host country. This also affirmed that the Vietnamese community in Hungary and the Vietnamese Women's Union in Hungary gained a certain reputation in the host country. It is a huge success.
The forum will welcome the First Officer of the Hungarian National Assembly Márta Mátrai. It can be said that the forum was not only a movement but also a diplomatic and political activity of our Vietnamese community.
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