Scene of the 5th Vietnam-Korea Women Forum (Source: http://www.qdnd.vn)
Hanoi (VNA) – The 5th Vietnam-Korea Women Forum took place in Hanoi on June 30, focusing on the theme of mainstreaming gender into policies towards sustainable development.

Speaking at the event, Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnam Women's Union (VWU) Bui Thi Hoa stressed gender equality is one of the principles constitutionalised in Vietnam’s first Constitution in 1946.

Regulations on gender equality have been included in many legal documents covering different fields such as politics, economy, finance-budget, labour-employment, education-training, healthcare, and population-family, she said, adding that attention have been paid to activities targeting development of women.

The forum offered a good chance for the Governments, National Assemblies, local administrations and organisations of Vietnam and the Republic of Korea to expand cooperation programmes targeting women’s development in particular and sustainable development of the two nations in general, Hoa stressed.  

Lee Myung Sun, Chairwoman of the Korean Women’s Development Institute (KWDI), underlined the importance to make recommendations to policies concerning women, affirming that the institute will continue promoting cooperation with the VWU to connect women-related agencies and organisations, towards a better future for women of both countries.

Participants at the forum shared policies and successful models at both national and local levels; outstanding policies on gender equality; experience in applying gender mainstreaming in the budgetary process and gender budgeting.

They also discussed policies to build women friendly cities in the central city of Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City.

The forum was organised rotationally by the VWU and the KWDI over the last five years. The previous events focused on female human resources development, vocational training and job creation, creative industry, supporting female-owned entrepreneurs; and international marriage between Vietnamese and RoK citizens.-VNA