UN Session Hears Vietnam’s Suggestions for Gender Equality

Vietnam has pledged to collaborate with international partners to uphold gender equality and defend the rights of women.

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Promoting International Cooperation to Ensure Full and Equal Participation of Women and Girls in Social Life

Minister Counsellor Le Thi Minh Thoa, Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations, highlighted the importance of promoting international cooperation to support countries in implementing international commitments to ensure the full, equal, and meaningful participation of women and girls in all areas of social life. This will contribute to preventing violence and discrimination.

During a meeting of the UN Committee on Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Issues, Thoa emphasized that women worldwide face challenges such as health issues, loss of income, limited access to knowledge, employment opportunities, and integration. They also become victims of gender-based violence.

Vietnam Suggests Gender Equality Solutions at UN Session
Minister Counsellor Le Thi Minh Thoa, Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations, addressing the event. Photo: VNA

Thoa also highlighted the risks and opportunities presented by digital transformation and global economic trends. She stressed the importance of improving the digital skills of female workers, promoting the role of women in the digital economy, and creating favorable conditions for women and girls to develop careers in science and technology while protecting their rights in the digital environment.

Vietnam has made significant progress in ensuring the rights of women and gender equality, with a high representation of women among National Assembly deputies and leaders. The country has also performed well in employment rates and gender equality in the digital era. Vietnam ranks 83rd in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index 2022, with a higher rate of women participating in the workforce than the global average.

Vietnam will continue to collaborate with the international community to promote gender equality and women’s progress.

During the meeting, many countries expressed concern about the regression of women’s role and participation in society. Women continue to face challenges in today’s crises.

At the 67th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, Thoa emphasized that achieving gender equality and using digital science and technology requires political will, actions from governments, and transformations in relevant sectors.

To further promote the engagement of women and girls in the global digital transformation, Vietnam recommended removing stereotype barriers in career guidance, education, and training in natural sciences, as well as narrowing the gender gap in digital issues.

Efforts should be made to ensure that women and disadvantaged groups benefit from technological progress and have the knowledge and skills to find employment in the digital era.

Hannah Nguyen