“We learned in 2020 that women, across the world, have shouldered particular and acute burdens due to COVID 19, and so today’s focus on women’s competence, contribution, visibility and voice couldn’t be more timely,” said Mr. Robin Bednall, Acting Counsellor, Economic and Development Cooperation, Australian Embassy Viet Nam.
During the 2016-2021 term, the National Assembly has its first female chairperson and 26.7 percent female representation. UNDP’s global Human Development Report 2020 ranked Viet Nam 65th out of 162 countries and among the top third of countries globally for women’s share of seats in parliament.
The study, “Roles of Women Representatives in Viet Nam’s Development During The 2016-2021 Term”, shows that women perform equally well as men across all main functions and duties. Men National Assembly delegates are more proactive in meeting voters, however, women delegates more frequently engage with voters via social networking applications than men delegates. In their action plans, women delegates pay more attention to the fields of education and training; health; culture; sport and tourism; ethnicity; labor, invalids, and society; and religion and faith than men delegates. There is no significant difference between women and men delegates in the amount of time they spend on performing their delegates’ roles and mandates nor in the response rates in handling petitions and proposals from voters during this term.