The meeting between HCM City's authorities and UN Women representatives on September 14 (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Vice Chairwoman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thi Thu has received Elisa Fernandez Saenz, head of office at the UN Women in Vietnam, to discuss potential cooperation in the coming time.

During a reception on September 14 in the city, Thu thanked the UN Women for its support to the city’s implementation of UN gender equality programmes, including those on legal education, and building a safe city for women and girls.

She said the UN Women’s invitation to an international conference on gender equality in Canada next October will help HCM City meet and exchange experiences with other localities in the world on the matter. Thu said the city will soon respond to the invitation.

The official expressed her belief in a good partnership between her city and the organisation thanks to their common goals toward equality and empowerment for women.

HCM City is willing to cooperate with the UN Women in the field, she stated, expecting similar goodwill to come from the organisation.

For her part, Elisa Fernandez Saenz lauded the city’s commitments to implementing anti-gender-violence programmes, including the organisation of an action month for the safety of women and girls and a month for gender equality promotion.

HCM City signed a commitment to build itself into a safe city for women and girls in 2017, becoming the 27th cities worldwide to join the UN’s initiative.-VNA