In her remarks, the Chairwoman underlined that efforts to realise the objectives of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action 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, she added.

“Promotion of gender equality and women's rights is a consistent policy of Vietnam. This is enshrined in our Constitution and guaranteed in practice,” Ngan affirmed.

Chairwoman of the Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan

Vietnamese women have been a vital force and made immense contributions throughout the country’s history, be it in the cultivation of the Vietnamese cultural identity, or in the development of the Vietnamese society, the top legislator stressed.

She also touched upon Vietnam’s contributions to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment at multilateral forums, including international and regional parliamentary ones.

“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,” she stated, pledging that Vietnam will continue working with all partners towards a truly equal society and a world of sustainable peace and development.

At the meeting, participants spoke highly of the significance of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and achievements gained in gender equality and women’s empowerment during the past 25 years.

They also shared experience and discussed challenges in the building and implementation of policies and laws on gender equality, as well as put forth solutions to enhance the efficient enforcement in the field.

The fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995, adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. With the determination to advance the goals of equality, development and peace for all women everywhere, it is viewed one of the most comprehensive documents on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Source: VNA