A two-day forum began yesterday in Ha Noi to promote understanding, solidarity, friendship and co-operation among women worldwide.
Co-organised by the Viet Nam Women's Union and the United Nations Women (UN Women), the event offered a chance to update international friends on Viet Nam's land, people and achievements during its 30-year reform process, but the focus was on women's movements and the VWU's operations in the country.
President of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee, Nguyen Thien Nhan, spoke at the forum, highlighting the ways Vietnamese women have contributed to the nation's development.
Viet Nam's Constitution, the Law on Gender Equality, the Law on the Election of NA Deputies and People's Councils, the Labour Code, and the National Strategy on Gender Equality from 2011-2020 confirmed the importance and rights of Vietnamese women, Nhan said.
Viet Nam is an active member of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action (BPA) on women and the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) related to women.
"Women have mastered higher levels of education. From 2006 to 2014, the number of female Professors and Associate Professors reached 811, accounting for 22 per cent of the total number of Professors and Associate Professors in the country," Nhan said.
"They have held high positions in bodies of power in the country and in Vietnamese agencies and organisations; 24,4 per cent of National Assembly deputies are women. They also occupy 25,17 per cent of People's Council in provinces and cities," Nhan said.
The VFF President expressed his hope that through the forum, foreign participants would understand more about the role and position of Vietnamese women.
Tran Thi Lan, a member of the Presidium of the Central Committee of the Vietnam Women's Union (VWU), said, "We should have a more positive view of the role of women in society. In a family, a woman who is a mother is also a citizen. Women have a dual role. To promote the dual role, all family members need to take care of each other and share housework as much as they can."
At the event, participants discussed implementation of the 1995 Beijing BPAs and issues related to gender in the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.
A "Women and Peace-Security" workshop focused on traditional and non-traditional security challenges for women, and the role of women in peace processes.
Policies and initiatives to ensure equal and effective participation of women in all fields, especially in economic development and political activities, will be on the table at today's forum events