Chairwoman of the National Assembly of Vietnam Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan on October 2 (Vietnam time) sent an important message to the High-level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (Photo: MOFA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Chairwoman of the National Assembly of Vietnam Nguyen
Thi Kim Ngan on October 2 (Vietnam time) sent an important message to the
High-level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to celebrate
the 25th anniversary of the fourth World Conference on Women.
Following is the full text of the message.
Seventy-five years ago, the United Nations came into being, with the aim of
saving future generations from the scourge of war and promoting development and
social progress. At the Fourth World Conference on Women fifty years later, the
ideals of equality and respect for human dignity once again came to the fore in
the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, one of the most comprehensive
documents on gender equality and women’s empowerment. Efforts to realize the
objectives of this blueprint have strengthened legislative frameworks to
empower women and create equal opportunities for women to take up
decision-making positions. Importantly, these efforts have facilitated more
cohesive national, regional and global implementation mechanisms. This is
gradually guiding the world closer to the ideal of an equitable, progressive
society where gender barriers cease to exist.
Today, gender equality and the empowerment
of women are top priorities at international and regional parliamentary fora.
The 13th Summit of Women Speakers of Parliaments held by the
Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) on August 17 and the recent 41st ASEAN
Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) in Hanoi highlighted the role and
contributions of women in all aspects and in response to emergencies, including
the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Promotion of gender equality and women's rights is a consistent policy of Vietnam.
This is enshrined in our Constitution and guaranteed in practice. President Ho
Chi Minh, the Vietnamese hero of national liberation and UNESCO-recognized
great man of culture, once stressed: “Failure to emancipate women means failure
to emancipate half of humankind”. Vietnamese women have been a vital force and
made immense contributions throughout our history, be it in the cultivation of
the Vietnamese cultural identity, or in the development of the Vietnamese
The National Assembly of Vietnam has adopted wide-ranging legal documents to
advance women’s empowerment and encourage their participation across economic,
political and social domains. It also supervises the enforcement of legislation
and implementation of Government policies in these matters.
This year, in its capacity as a non-permanent member of the United Nations
Security Council, the ASEAN Chair and the President of the 41st ASEAN
Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, Vietnam has championed initiatives on women and
girls at these critical institutions. We will continue working with all
partners towards a truly equal society and a world of sustainable peace and
Thank you very much./.