Women contribute to national socio-economic development

Jun 15, 2010

Ha Noi  –  Vietnamese  women  are  an  increasingly  active  role  in  socio– economic development. They make up around 50% of labour market, of which nearly half are skilled workers in various sectors. Viet Nam is already a medium 'Human Development Index’ (HDI) country according to the UNDP’s global system of indicators, and in terms of gender empowerment is ranked higher than some high HDI countries.

On the evening of 14 June, the National Committee for the Advancement of Women in Viet Nam (NCFAW) in collaboration with the UNDP- Ministry of Foreign Affairs project on "Empowerment of women in the public sector in the context of international economic cooperation” (EOWP) organized a forum on "Women in Decision-making” in the presence of Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator,  on the occasion of her visit to Ha Noi for the High level Tripartite Conference on Delivery  as One. Chaired by H.E. Mme. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Minister for Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and Chairwoman  of the NCFAW, the forum included women ambassadors to Vietnam and representatives of international organizations in Hanoi, as well as women leaders from the National Assembly, and Government agencies.

Speaking  at the forum, Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan strongly confirmed the Viet Nam Government’s commitment to improving social development, especially in gender equality. The Minister also expressed her appreciation for the support of the UN in Viet Nam for their support through relevant programmes.

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark applauded Viet  Nam’s desire to consolidate its good regional  record on gender equality and commented   "The UN mobilizes international expertise to support Viet Nam’s targets in the area of women and decision-making – if Rwanda can  overtake Sweden in parliamentary  representation, Viet Nam - with its commitment and record, can and should aim high. I believe that achieving gender equality is not only morally right, but also catalytic to development as a whole, creating opportunities for women, which benefit individuals, communities, and countries”, said Helen Clark.

Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs and NCFAW member, H.E. Mr. Dao Viet Trung emphasized that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will closely collaborate with relevant ministries and agencies to effectively support capacity-building for women to assume leadership positions at all levels.

Minister Dao Viet Trung is also National Project Director of the five-year Empowerment  of Women  project,  which  is  managed  by the  Ministry of Foreign  Affairs  with  support  from UNDP and the Cambridge Overseas Trust. The project started in early 2009 and supports women  in  the  public  sector  with  research  grants, scholarships. The project supports policymakers  through commissioning relevant policy research in consultation  with relevant agencies and experts, and sharing findings and recommendations. The project also creates networking opportunities for Vietnamese women cadres with each other and with their international counterparts as well as with male  decision-makers, as this is a recognized means  of inspiring and supporting women to progress  further themselves, as well as to encourage future generations.

This forum is organized in the context of the United Nation’s recently adopted eight priorities for action for a Stronger United Nations for a Better World, of which gender equality is one.

Contact information

Nguyen Viet Lan, UN Communications team
Tel: (84-4) 38224383 x121 Email: nguyen.viet.lan@undp.org
Trinh Thi An Binh, Communications Coordinator EOWP
Tel: 04 3 9448526 Email: eowproject@gmail.com