The event was attended by Deputy Defense Minister and Head of Defense Ministry’s Board for Women Advancement Senior Lieutenant General Le Chiem, Deputy Chief of the General Department of Politics Senior Lieutenant General Tran Quang Phuong, and Deputy Minister of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs and Standing Vice Chairperson of the National Committee for the Advancement of Vietnamese Women Nguyen Thi Ha.

Senior Lieutenant General Le Chiem speaking at the event

Particularly, the program for gender equality and gender-based violence prevention will officially take place in localities across the country from November 15 to December 15. Activities during the month will focus on information dissemination to raise public awareness of gender equality and gender-based violence prevention, thus creating active changes in promoting gender equality and preventing gender-based violence.

According to Deputy Minister of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Ha, Vietnam has obtained significant achievements in promoting gender equality over the past time and has been praised by international organizations. With its active results in carrying out the work, the country was honored as one of the top ten countries in carrying out U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality and women empowerment by the U.N.

Speaking at the event, General Chiem affirmed that over the past years, the Central Military Commission, the Ministry of National Defense, and Party Committees of units and agencies in the whole military have paid attention to carrying out the Party’s directives and resolutions, State’s laws, as well as programs on gender equality and gender-based violence prevention. The work for the advancement of women and gender equality in the military have been carried out in line with military and defense missions and orientations of the National Committee for the Advancement of Vietnamese Women.

Military units signing a commitment to joining the program

Calling for active participation of troops and women in the military in the program, General Chiem asked participating units and agencies to add gender equality and gender-based violence prevention contents to their working plans and to promote cooperation to effectively carry out the gender equality promotion, gender-based violence prevention, and women advancement program. Participating units should also promote dissemination and education of law on gender equality and prevention of gender-based violence as well as equip women and child-girls with measures to protect themselves from violence.

At the launch ceremony, six military units signed a commitment to join the month-long program. Organizers also presented gifts to 20 outstanding families in the work. Various sideline activities, including a flash mob dance, parade, seminars, and talks were also held at the event. 

Translated by Tran Hoai