A delegation from the Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU) led by President Nguyen Thi Thanh Hoa took part in the 15 th Congress of the Women’s International Democratic Federation (WIDF) in Brazil from April 8-12.

Speaking at the congress, Hoa highlighted Vietnam ’s achievements in gender equality, the policies of the Party, the State and the Government on women, and VWU experience in poverty reduction, vocational training and job generation for women.

She affirmed that as the country had experienced wars in the past, the Vietnamese people, especially women, wished to live in a country of peace, independence, freedom, prosperity and happiness.

At a young women’s forum as part of the congress, a Vietnamese film titled, “The Paths of Justice” was screened to continue the call for world support for Agent Orange victims.

During the congress, participants discussed such topics as the impacts of the financial crisis on women, climate change and food security and women’s access to equality, development and peace.

Marcia Campos of Brazil was re-elected as WIDF President for the third tenure. The congress also elected five Vice Presidents, representing Asia, Europe, Africa, America and Arabian countries.-VNA