UNDP making gender issues core to development work

15 Mar 2000

Ha Noi - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is showing its commitment to gender issues in Viet Nam by creating a permanent central position for a National Gender Specialist. Dr Khuat Thu Hong has recently commenced work with UNDP as the national gender specialist. Her appointment strengthens the UNDP's internal capacity on gender.

"Dr Hong brings a great deal of local knowledge and experience to UNDP, as a senior researcher, as well as a Vietnamese advocate for gender equality", said Mr Edouard A. Wattez, Resident Representative for UNDP. "UNDP takes gender seriously in our projects and our policy work and we want to ensure this approach enhances the national capacity for the development of women in Viet Nam".

As a part of the smooth transition of the nationalisation of the gender post, the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) has provided financial assistance to UNDP to allow the current international gender advisor, Ms Suzette Mitchell, to work alongside the national specialist for the first six months of her post. This collaboration between UNDP and AusAID illustrates the partnership that has been forged between the organisations on cross cutting issues.

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