Permanent member of the Vietnamese National Assembly's Committee for External Relations Le Thu Ha (Photo: VNA)
– Parliaments should take
more actions with a focus on policies and strategies on recovery, thus meeting
gender equality requirements, a Vietnamese representative said at the online Meeting
of Women Parliamentarians within the 29th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific
Parliamentary Forum (APPF-29), hosted by the Republic of Korea (RoK) on
Addressing the meeting, permanent member of the
Vietnamese National Assembly's Committee for External Relations Le Thu Ha
suggested legislatures give more resources to tackling gender equality-related
issues, and increase the number of female parliamentarians.
She pointed out great challenges to gender equality
due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years, stressing that
it is time for parliaments to take bold actions to reach gender equality and
women’s empowerment during the post-pandemic recovery.
The official introduced Vietnam’s legal framework and
national strategy on gender equality through different periods of time, which
are set to reform national action programmes for the progress of Vietnamese
Vietnam has also joined relevant international
commitments, including the Convention is monitored by the Committee on the
Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and the Beijing
Declaration and Platform for Action, she said.
Delegates at the meeting agreed on the need to step up
actions of parliaments to achieve gender equality, gender sensitivity and
gender responsive approach in dealing with pandemic consequences.
The Vietnamese NA co-sponsored two draft resolutions,
comprising one achieving gender equality through increasing women’s
participation and representation, and another on promoting gender-based
COVID-19 response and post-pandemic recovery./.