Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan speaks at the event (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) –
Vice President Vo Thi Anh
Xuan on October 19 hosted a reception for female ambassadors and chargés
d' affaires from foreign diplomatic representative agencies in Vietnam on the occasion of the Vietnamese Women’s Day (October 20).
At the meeting, Xuan highlighted Vietnamese women’s great
contributions to the country’s reform and international integration, as well as
achievements Vietnam has recorded in women’s empowerment in various spheres.
She also reiterated Vietnam’s consistent priority of
promoting gender equality and empowering women and girls.
The country has made progress in raising gender
equality in politics, the Vice President said, adding that women account for
30.26 percent of the National Assembly deputies, the highest over the past 45
years, and half of leaders of ministries and ministerial-level agencies.
The rate of women-led businesses also reaches 26.5
percent, placing Vietnam sixth among countries with the highest number of
businesswomen, Xuan continued.
She suggested the ambassadors and chargés d'
affaires further contribute to facilitating travelling and trading between the
countries, and boosting exchanges and meetings of all-level delegations,
preparing for cooperation post COVID-19.
The Vice President also called for tightened
cooperation in promoting gender equality, both bilaterally and multilaterally,
for sustainable development goals, and for a dynamic, inclusive and prosperous
She expressed her hope that with the existing
foundation, efforts by the diplomats and Vietnam’s initiatives, relations
between Vietnam and countries will prosper in the time ahead.
Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan and the female ambassadors and chargés d' affaires pose for a group photo (Photo: VNA)
For their part, the diplomats said Vietnam always
strongly supports women’s rights and gender equality to fully uphold their role
and power in national construction and defence, and raise their position in
political, economic, cultural and social fields.
Vietnam has continuously taken the lead in agendas
on women, peace and security, both regionally and internationally, they said,
noting that more and more Vietnamese women officers have joined UN peacekeeping
operations, making an example for other countries.
They expressed their readiness to cooperate with
Vietnam in issues relating to gender equality through different means and forms
such as development cooperation, business and trade initiatives, policy dialogues
and experience sharing to better empower women and girls./.