Vietnam sends first female officer to UN peacekeeping mission hinh anh 1Deputy Minister of National Defence Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh (L) hands over to Major Do Thi Hang Nga a decision sending her to UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)Major Do Thi Hang Nga of the Vietnam Peacekeeping Centre under the Ministry of National Defence has become the country’s first female officer to join the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.

The Ministry of National Defence hosted a ceremony in Hanoi on October 30 to assign the task to Major Do Thi Hang Nga, who began working as a staff officer in charge of overseeing military operations for 12 months from October 29.

Before embarking on the task, Nga partook in various training courses in Sri Lanka, China, the Netherlands and the Republic of Korea.

Deputy Minister of National Defence Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh said that the dispatch of a female officer to the UN peacekeeping mission shows gender equality and affirms the role of women in global activities.

Vinh asked Nga to try her best and well coordinate with colleagues in order to promptly be in tune with the job, improve her knowledge and competence, strictly abide by the UN and mission’s regulations and ensure safety while being on duty.

Colonel Hoang Kim Phung, Director of the Vietnam Peacekeeping Centre, said that after three years of joining UN peacekeeping operations, Vietnam has sent 20 officers to missions to Central Africa and South Sudan.-VNA