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Representatives of the embassies of Canada, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland (G4) have extended their New Year greetings to Vietnamese peacekeeping forces, and affirmed their support for Vietnam’s increasing engagement in peacekeeping missions abroad.
“We congratulate and fully support Vietnam’s increasing engagement in peacekeeping missions abroad,” New Zealand Chargé d'Affaires Joseph Mayhew said during the visit.
“We are inspired by the extraordinary stories of women peacekeepers during their deployment to South Sudan. Like Vietnam, our countries are strong supporters of peacekeeping, as well as of gender equality and women's empowerment. A world in which women can embrace varied roles is not only a fairer world, it is also a better world.”
He affirmed that G4 poor countries continue to promote the rights of women and girls, including those living in areas affected by conflict.
Norwegian Chargé d'Affaires Jan Wilhelm Grythe said “Clearly women can perform the same roles of their male counterparts,” stressing “no peace without women.”
Representatives of the embassies of Canada, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland (G4) have affirmed their support for Vietnam’s increasing engagement in peacekeeping missions abroad. Photo cut from the video
According to Canadian Ambassador Deborah Paul, today women make up only 5.4 percent of UN military peacekeepers. It is important that we listen to the experience of women peacekeepers.
“And here's what we've heard that they are able to access different segments of the civilian population than their men counterparts, that they have as much desire as men to deploy to UN Peace Operations, and that these deployments have often been a highlight of their careers.”
Swiss Ambassador Ivo Sieber said to accomplish inclusive peace efforts and to assure women's full participation in peace process, more work is needed. Their involvement from peacekeeping to peace-building must be ensured, including prevention, mediation and finding peace solutions that work for all.
“We are here to support Vietnam’s women peacekeepers who want to highlight our and their commitment to women’s active participation in UN peacekeeping operations, and the peace process around the world,” he said.
|Do Thi Hang Nga is the first Vietnamese female officer to join the United Nations peacekeeping operations. Photo: VnExpress|
Vietnam joined global peacekeeping operations in 2014, according to the Viet Nam News.
In 2017, the country sent the first female staff officer to join the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.
Currently, 10 female officers are on duty in the Field Hospital in South Sudan, accounting for nearly 17 percent of the total 63 health staff of the hospital.
This rate is higher than the set target of the United Nations, according to Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien, Vice Minister of National Defence.
“Vietnamese female soldiers are highly appreciated by the United Nations for their professionalism, ability to fulfil missions and becoming a highlight in many UN activities in field missions,” Chien said./.
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