MoLISA Minister Pham Thi Hai Chuyen (Source: molisa.gov.vn)
Lecturers at the central level and key officials from local women advancement commissions have been equipped with knowledge on how to improve the capacity of publically-elected female candidates for deputies at a training course in Hanoi.

The four-day class, which began on September 8, is being jointly held by the National Committee for the Advancement of Vietnamese Women; the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA); and the Australian Embassy.

Participants will lecture training classes for female candidates for deputies to publically-elected agencies at all levels.

In her opening remarks, MoLISA Minister Pham Thi Hai Chuyen said Vietnam has a solid foundation to ensure women’s rights to be involved in politics.

She cited Vietnam’s joining of international treaties on gender equality as well as the country’s Law on Gender Equality, other relevant laws in various areas, and the State Management Agency for Gender Equality to clarify her views.

The rate of female deputies to the National Assembly has expanded from 3 percent in the first session to 24.4 percent in the 13th session, she said, adding that the number of female representatives at people’s councils at all levels has also increased during recent tenures.

Long-term efforts towards gender equality require ceaseless efforts in the issuance and implementation of policies and mechanisms to assist women and girls to participate in and benefit from socio-economic achievements.

Chuyen, in her capacity as President of the National Committee for the Advancement of Vietnamese Women, expressed her wish to partner with relevant agencies and organisations to organise training classes for female candidates for deputies to the National Assembly and People’s Councils at all levels.

The committee plans to organise policy dialogue forums to share experience in promoting gender equality in politics while conducting large-scale communications campaigns to increase women’s involvement in publically-elected agencies.-VNA