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In commemoration of International Women’s Day, the United Nations in Vietnam together with Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU) held a national forum on “Promoting the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals from a Gender Perspective” in Hanoi.
The forum aimed to contribute to the national five‐year review of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) implementation and commemorate the 2021 International Women’s Day’s global theme “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID‐19 world”
Speaking at the event, Kamal Malhotra, United Nations Resident Coordinator to Vietnam stated that “States can facilitate a more inclusive and enabling environment in which all women could participate in public life through more ambitious targets, increased political will, sustainable financing and gender-responsive institutional arrangements. As Vietnam has always efforts to advance gender equality in the Asia and the Pacific region, Vietnam has unique and synergistic opportunities to showcase its leading role in promoting gender equality in a COVID-19 world. The United Nations stands ready to continue to support the people and the Government of Vietnam in this important endeavor.”
|The forum is jointly held by Vietnam Women’s Union and UN Women. Photo: UN Women|
In the spirit of the resolution adopted at the 13th National Party Congress, the VWU will work to further promote the role and contributions of women to the country’s rapid, sustainable development, said VWU President Ha Thi Nga.
The forum offers an opportunity for delegates to share experience and initiatives in realising the SDGs, especially the goal of gender equality and women’s empowerment, according to the official.
The VWU will make greater efforts in implementing programmes, projects and activities to support startups by women, enhance women’s role in new-style rural area building, promote women’s participation in politics, and prevent and combat gender violence, Nga pledged.
According to Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Van Trung, despite the impact of the pandemic, Vietnam still ranked 49th out of 199 countries in gender equality in 2020. In ASEAN, the country only ranked behind Thailand.
He suggested creating equal employment opportunities for women in all sectors, and consulting public opinions, particularly disadvantaged women, so that their needs and wishes are reflected in policies and laws./.
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