17 Inspiring Vietnamese Women Leading the Way for SDGs: An Exhibition Celebrating Action and Advocacy

The 17 faces exhibited here symbolize the tireless efforts of millions of Vietnamese women. They work tirelessly to create stable families, vibrant communities, and promote social development. These women contribute to the global community's common goals of international peace, development cooperation, and the protection of human rights.


An exhibition called “17 Faces of Action of Vietnam for Sustainable Development” was opened at the Vietnam Women’s Museum on October 20, VNA reported.

The exhibition is particularly meaningful as it takes place on Vietnamese Women’s Day, October 20, and United Nations Day, October 24.

This is an opportunity to honor and encourage Vietnamese women to actively contribute to social development and promote the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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At the opening ceremony. Source: Vietnam Women’s Museum

The exhibition is held as part of the “17 Faces of Action” initiative launched by the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), Tatiana Valovaya, to recognize and encourage women around the world to make further active contributions to socio-economic development and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Attending the program were Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang, Vice President of Vietnam Women’s Union Tran Lan Phuong, UNOG Director-General Tatiana Valovaya, President of the Association of Swiss Women and Empowerment (ASWE) Desyatkina Dzodziev Viktoriy, and representatives from various agencies/units under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vietnam Women’s Union, international organizations, and women presented at the exhibition.

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17 women are presented with bouquets. Source: Vietnam Women’s Museum

In her opening remarks, Deputy Foreign Minister Le Thi Thu Hang stated that as Vietnam strongly commits to implementing the UN 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Vietnamese women continue to play a leading role in all fields. They propose initiatives, implement solutions, promote innovation, and strengthen partnerships to ensure sustainable development and leave no one behind.

Corresponding to the 17 sustainable development goals, this exhibition showcases 17 visual stories about women from all over Vietnam, representing various fields. They are scientists, teachers, businesswomen, soldiers, doctors, diplomats, artists, engineers, movement officials, and community leaders, said Hang.

She expressed her belief that through this exhibition, international friends and partners will gain a better understanding of Vietnam’s foreign policy priorities, including promoting gender equality and sustainable development, and enhancing cooperation in these fields.

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Deputy Foreign Minister Le Thi Thu Hang (M) and UNOG Director-General Tatiana Valovaya at the exhibition. Source: Vietnam Women’s Museum

Tatiana Valovaya affirmed that the exhibition is a joint effort of the UNOG, Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Vietnam Women’s Union, and the Association of Swiss Women and Empowerment.

On October 19, the UNOG Director-General met with leaders of the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam and talked about multilateralism and the role of female leaders to the school’s lecturers and students.

17 Vietnamese faces of action for sustainable development

1. Y Chon, officer of the Women’s Union of Dak Duc commune, Ngoc Hoi district, Kon Tum province

2. Businesswoman Thai Huong, founder and Chairman of the Strategy Council of TH Group, Hero of Labour in the reform period

3. Associate Professor, PhD. Dr. Tran Thi Giang Huong, former Director of the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Health

4. Foreign language teacher Ha Anh Phuong, Huong Can High School, Thanh Son district, Phu Tho province

5. Film director Ha Le Diem

6. Dr. Nguyen Thi Hau, head of the environmental engineering research laboratory, Da Lat University

7. Associate Professor, Dr. Ho Thi Thanh Van, major in Chemistry, Ho Chi Minh City University of Natural Resources and Environment

8. Businesswoman Nguyen Thi Bao Hien, Hien Le Group

9. Nguyen Tran Ngoc Linh, data analysis expert

10. Nguyen Thi Van, leader of a social enterprise

11. Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy, artist

12. Trinh Thi Hong, Director of Minh Hong Biotech Company

13. Prof. Dr. Le Minh Thang, senior lecturer at the Institute of Chemical Engineering, Hanoi University of Science and Technology

14. Master Tran Thi Phuong Thao and Engineer Nguyen Thi Hong Thuy, Management Board of Cu Lao Cham Marine Protected Area, Hoi An, Quang Nam province)

15. Dr. Diep Thi My Hanh, founder of Phu An Bamboo Village

16. Captain Vu Nhat Huong, Vietnam People’s Army

17. Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, former Head of the Permanent Delegation of Vietnam to the United Nations (2014-2018), former President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO)

Hannah Nguyen