UNDP workshop seeks to increase women’s participation in political and social activities | Company
Hanoi (VNA) – The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) organized a workshop in Hanoi on October 19 on the participation of Vietnamese women in political activities and their initiatives for the development of Vietnam.
Organized on the occasion of the vietnamese women’s day (October 20), the seminar saw the participation of several deputies of the National Assembly and representatives of relevant ministries, sectors, agencies, institutes, social organizations and development partners.
According to the UNDP, regarding women in political decision-making, Vietnam has put in place an adequate legal framework to ensure gender equality in political and public life.
UNDP cited the World Economic Forum’s 2022 Gender Gap Report stating that Vietnam scores 0.705 on a scale of 0 to 1 in terms of the Gender Gap Index, ranking 83rd. out of 146 countries, improving its position to 87th in 2021. In the 2021 elections, the proportion of women deputies in the National Assembly increased to 30.26%, the first time that Vietnam crossed the critical threshold identified as necessary for women to have a visible impact on the decision-making process. Similarly, the proportion of women members of people’s councils at all levels has also increased.
However, UNDP also pointed out that there are still limitations and challenges regarding women’s participation in political activities, particularly at the local level.
Of 812 villages surveyed in 2019, only 101 had female leaders, i.e. 12%.
Speaking at the event, UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam Ramla Khalidi said UNDP’s approach empowers women by promoting their equal participation at all levels.
On this occasion, UNDP launched the first podcast entitled “Descendants of Hai Ba Trung” showing how the current generation of women maintain the tradition of Hai Ba Trung, with an indomitable and resilient spirit, constantly responding creatively to the challenges of the new era, including climate change crisis./.