VGP – Việt Nam takes the lead in eradicating gender gap in the Southeast Asian region during the past 20 years, said Minister of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân.
Ngân made the statement at a seminar on elevating Vietnamese women’s role in development and international integration, held on December 4 in the coastal city of Nha Trang, Khánh Hòa.
Việt Nam’s gender development index (GDI) rose to 0.732 percentage point in 2009 from 0.537 in 1995. Women account for 26% of the NA deputies, and with this figure, Việt Nam ranks the 1st and 4th in Southeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific region respectively.
According to the draft national strategy on gender equality for the 2011-2020 period, Việt Nam will continue to strive for women’s higher position in the society.
UNDP country director Setsuko Yamazaki said that Vietnamese women should build stronger political awareness and will themselves to take over the leadership and training courses should be developed to enhance women’s capacity.
Meanwhile, Mr. Cao Trần Quốc Hải from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged the Government to complete the legal system and related policies and establish competent agencies to realize and monitor gender equality.
The seminar was co-organized by the Việt Nam National Committee for the Advancement of Women, the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNDP with the participation of almost 50 delegates and the ambassadors of Finland, Ireland, Canada and Laos to Việt Nam.
(By Hải Minh)
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