Vietnamese, Lao female lawmakers discuss role in NA’s activities

Speaker of House of Common Peter Milliken and Speaker of the Senate Noel Kinsella also valued the Vietnamese NA Committee’ efforts to promote female legislators’ capacity in recent times. The two sides stressed the need to increase cooperation between Vietnam and Canada, their legislative bodies and agencies. At another working session with Minister of International Cooperation Beverly Oda the same day, Ms Mai thanked the Canadian government for its support and assistance to Vietnam through the Canada International Development Agency (CIDA). The first two phases of CIDA-funded Policy Implementation Assistance Project (PIAP) has contributed to increasing law-making capacity and supervision activities of the Vietnamese legislative body, Ms Mai said. Minister Oda expressed her hope that the third phase of the project would continue to pay off, helping the Vietnamese legislative body increase its capacity. Vietnam remains in a list of 20 countries and territories receiving CIDA assistance and this shows the Canadian government’s acknowledgement to Vietnam’s achievements, she said.... [read more]

Ngan, who is visiting New Delhi, told Lok Sabha Television Channel of the Indian House of the People, that Vietnam experienced a number of past wars to wrest back independence and self-determination rights. She said since its establishment in 1930, the Communist Party of Vietnam has led its entire nation to overcome war aftermath and made important achievements in the on-going Doi Moi (Renewal) process. The party has mobilised the aggregate strength of the nation and all resources available to develop the socialist-oriented market economy. From a food importer, Vietnam has emerged as the second largest rice exporter in the world. The country has formulated Foreign Investment Law to attract foreign resources to national development. She also mentioned the drawback of economic development that has caused widening rich-poor gap and confirmed that the government pays special attention to improving the living conditions of the majority of people, especially the poor. The country’s poverty reduction efforts have been acknowledged by the international community, she confirmed. The female legislator also highlighted Vietnamese women’s role in society, saying gender equality is enshrined in the national constitution. Vietnamese women are taking part in various sectors of society and 24.4 percent of the National Assembly deputies are women, she said. Ngan spoke highly of the close relationship between the two countries and parliaments and confirmed that both sides have great potential for stronger cooperation through implementation of signed agreements. The same day, the Vice Chairwoman visited the Vietnamese Embassy in New Delhi.... [read more]

Viet Nam News ABU DHABI - National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân has arrived in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to attend the 11th Global Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament which opened yesterday, featuring 50 female parliamentarians. The visit was made at the invitation of President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Saber Chowdhury and President of the Federal National Council of the UAE Amal Al Qubaisi. The Vietnamese delegation's attendance at the summit demonstrates the country's policy of gender equality and proactive international integration, while promoting the role of the National Assembly in regional and global parliamentary forums. The Global Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament, which will conclude today, aims to promote female participation in politics and prevent violence against women and children. Themed "United for Shaping the Future", this year's event will discuss the role of women parliament speakers in addressing challenges to progress and prosperity. Speaking at the event, Amal Al Qubaisi said the event brings together leaders of parliaments, ministers, scientists in the private sector and community leaders. She hailed top female legislators' important role in shaping their future and protecting the interests of the people and future generations. Al Qubaisi also called for joint action to address challenges involving protectionism and globalisation. President of the IPU Saber Chowdhury recalled that the first summit of this kind was held in 2005 with 19 delegates taking part, adding that female parliamentarians contribute to policymaking to change the world. He asked for thorough preparations…... [read more]

The 11th Global Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament opened in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on December 12 with the participation of 50 female parliamentarians. Speaking at the event, Speaker of the UAE Federal National Council A. Al Qubaisi said the event brings together leaders of parliament, ministers, scientists in the private sector and community leaders. She hailed top female legislators’ important role in shaping their future and protecting the interest of the people and future generations. Al Qubaisi also called for joint actions to address challenges involving protectionism and globalization and affirmed that the summit reflects confidence in achieving set visions. President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) S. Chowdhury recalled that the first summit of this kind was held in 2005 with 19 delegates taking part, adding that female parliamentarians contribute to policymaking to change the world. He asked for thorough preparations to coordinate efforts against world challenges such as poverty reduction, anti-terrorism and many other important issues. At the opening session, participants listened to a message of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and speeches delivered by UAE Deputy Prime Minister cum Minister of Interior Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Dr. Ahmed El-Tayeb, which highlighted the role of women in the world’s people-elected bodies in improving people’s lives, promoting fairness and issuing policies for sustainable development. National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan is scheduled to present speeches at thematic sessions. The summit, which will…... [read more]

National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung (right) receives Belgian Senate President Christine Defraigne on her official visit to Viet Nam. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sang... [read more]

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NDO – A workshop on promoting communications on gender equality in politics was organised in Hanoi on March 23 by the National Committee for the Advancement of Women in Vietnam (NCFAW), Oxfarm, the Centre for Education Promotion and Empowerment of Women (CEPEW) and the Centre for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender, Family, Women and Adolescents (CSAGA). The workshop attracted representatives from many provincial and municipal Departments of Information and Communications, the Party Commission for Communication and Education and news agencies. According to Pham Ngoc Tien, NCFAW Director, at the central level, female officials account for 8.6% of the 11th tenure Central Party Committee (PCC), 14.2% of the Politburo and 10% of the PCC Secretariat. The ratio in provincial Party committees was 11.3% while female officials from ethnic minority groups account for 20.7%, 17.2% and 15.7% at provincial, district and grassroots levels respectively. Tien said that the ratios are low and do not reflect women’s potential and contributions. Meanwhile, the female National Assembly (NA) deputies in the 11th, 12th and 13th tenure NA account for 27.31%, 25.76% and 24.40% respectively, ranking the country 55th in terms of female legislators with 24.3%, Tien added. He stressed the important role of media and communication in reflecting the realities of gender inequality preventing women’s progress and suggested solutions to enhancing women’s participation in politics. Ngo Thu Ha from the CEPEW shared the results of the organisation’s studies in Thai Nguyen, Binh Dinh and Vinh Long provinces about local residents’ trust and choice of…... [read more]

IPU Assembly in Geneva (Photo: VNA) National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong said she hoped the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) would enhance its role in promoting gender equality as part of the post-2015 sustainable development targets. At the ongoing 131st IPU Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, the NA Vice Chairwoman stressed that gender equality was not only a target in its own right, but also a precondition for the advancement of women and social-economic development in any country. The Vietnamese NA has undertaken efforts to improve legislative and policy frameworks to implement human rights and gender equality, and eliminate violence against women, Phong said. She added that as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council in the 2014-2016 tenure, Vietnam was actively implementing its international commitments to promote and protect human rights, including women's rights and the rights of children and girls, and to eliminate all forms of discrimination and violence against them. Gender equality is a basic human right, which is considered an important measure of progress and development in society, Phong noted. She also stated that it was essential to boost links between national governments and legislative bodies all over the world; between the IPU and its member states' parliaments; and UN organisations and international forums on women in an effort to uphold the rights of women and promote gender equality in the future. In recent years, many achievements have been made in the field of gender. In one third of developing countries, girls have a higher…... [read more]

(VOVworld) - Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has stressed the need for coordinated efforts by all functional agencies to heighten awareness of gender equality and improve female labor planning. During talks with female National Assembly deputies on Monday, Dung highlighted the importance of successfully implementing the National Strategy on Gender Equality for the 2011-2020 period to ensure equal opportunities, participation, and satisfaction in political, economic, cultural, and social areas, contributing to Vietnam's rapid and sustainable development. Prime Minister Dung said: "Vietnam has already had resolutions and laws on gender equality but the foremost tool is a change of awareness on the part of the community and Party committees at different levels. Achieving gender equality requires a sincere interest and coordinated measures, with the ratio of female leaders in political agencies being an important factor. Dung expressed his belief that the female legislators together withthe National Committee for the Advancement of Women in Viet Nam will promote the fine tradition of Vietnamese women to overcome challenges, fulfill their tasks as peoples' representatives, and make greater contributions to the National Assembly's performance and the gender equality process. According to President of the Vietnamese Women Parliamentarians Group Truong Thi Mai, the proportion of female National Assembly deputies is 24%. They have steadily increased their role and prestige, helping to boost gender equality and respect for women and children.... [read more]

The agreement was announced as they wrapped up their two-day discussion on the role of female parliamentarians in law making in Hanoi, and is envisioned to promote their role in the lawmaking process. The ASEAN legislators acknowledged that gender equality is one of the most advanced objectives being pursued by many countries in the world as well as AIPA member states. They also agreed to submit to the 31st AIPA general assembly meeting some other recommendations, including integration of gender issues into its working agenda and the establishment of a group of experts on gender issues. Later the same day, the delegation of female legislators joined a reception hosted by Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh. The head of the delegation briefed the Secretary General on the results of the meeting as well as on challenges facing female parliamentarians when it comes to making decisions, especially those of great political importance, as well measures to promote the role of women in family and society. Secretary General Manh said the Vietnamese General Assembly's hosting of the meeting displays Vietnam 's commitment, in its position as AIPA president, to engage more actively in improving relations between the national assemblies of member countries. Manh underlined that the party and state of Vietnam seek to facilitate the improvement of the role of women, especially female parliamentarians, in state governance and socio-economic management. During the meeting, he briefed the guest legislators on the current situation in Vietnam and reiterated that the country wants to expand…... [read more]

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