Vietnamese National Assembly deputies (Soruce: VNA)
Binh Thuan (VNA) – A conference to enhance the involvement of women in National Assembly (NA) and people’s council at levels was held Phan Thiet city, the southern central province of Binh Thuan, on November 19.

Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Trong Dam said increasing the rate of women in people-elected agencies is an important target in the national strategy on gender equality in 2011-2020.

This will create opportunities for women to raise their voices in making laws and policies related to human right, gender quality, culture, education, environment among others, Dam stressed.

At the event, participants highlighted difficulties to increase the rate of women joining in decision-making agencies in general and in NA and all-level people’s council in particular, such as conceptions on tradition, culture and gender equality.

They also proposed several solutions to help women promote their capacity with focus on training, and communication work to raise public awareness of gender equality.

The rate of women joining Party organisations, State agencies and local authorities at all levels is on the rise. The rate of female NA members increased from only three percent in the first NA to 24.4 percent in the 13th NA – 5.4 percent higher than those recorded in Asia and 3.4 in the globe.

Statistics from Party congresses at all levels nationwide in the 2015-2020 tenure, the rate of women participating in Party organisations’ executive board at provincial, district and communal levels reached 13.3 percent, 14.3 percent and 19.69 percent, respectively.

The conference was organised by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the National Committee for Women’s Advancement in collaboration with the Australian Embassy in Vietnam.-VNA