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Hanoi (VNA) - Gender equality and women’s empowerment were the focus of discussion during a ceremony held by the People’s Representative Council (lower house) of Indonesia on March 20 to mark International Women’s Day.

The ceremony saw the attendance by more than 30 foreign ambassadors and female delegates from government agencies, research institutes and charity organsiations in Indonesia.

Opening the ceremony, Dr. Nurhayati Ali Asegaf, Chairwoman of the Committee for Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation of the People’s Representative Council, highlighted the significance of women’s empowerment in the past years and the role of women in the community.

Indonesian women have attained a lot of achievements in various fields in the past decade, she said, adding that they have made great contributions to the politic and social life, and played an important role in the economy.

Speaker of the People’s Representative Council Setya Novanto also affirmed the advancement of gender equality in all aspects is the key to achieving the United Nations sustainable development goals.

The People’s Representative Council supported the viewpoint that gender equality could be improved by increasing the number of female politicians, he said.-VNA