Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue and the winners of the Vietnam Women Award 2017 (Source: hanoimoi.com.vn)

Hanoi (VNA)
– The Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU) Central Committee on October 17 presented the Vietnam Women Award 2017 to eight units and 10 individuals with outstanding contributions to social development.

The honoured units include women teams of the Emergency Department of Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi-Amsterdam High School, Thai Hung JSC, and Women’s Union of Ba Che district of Quang Ninh province.

Meanwhile, the 10 outstanding individuals include Lieutenant Colonel Bui Thi Ha from the Naval Technical Institute, Do Thuy Ha from Hanoi Blind Association, Nguyen Thi Hue from a lemon growing cooperative in Can Tho city, Nguyen Thi Lieu from Duc Tri junior high school, and Nguyen Ngoc Mai, a worker of Vincem Hoang Thach cement company.

Addressing the event, Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue affirmed that the Party and State always create favourable conditions for women to develop, adding that administrations at all levels and sectors have paid due attention to gender quality and women’s progress.

He asked the WVU Central Committee to continue promoting its role in protecting and ensuring legitimate rights and interests of women, while increasing communication campaigns to raise public awareness of the need to implement women-related policies.

The Deputy PM also requested agencies, ministries, sectors and localities to ensure adequate ratio of women’s participation in their organisations.

Meanwhile, VWU President Nguyen Thi Thu Ha underlined Vietnamese women’s tradition of patriotism and devotion.

In the current period of international integration, Vietnamese women have continued their important role in promoting socio-economic development as well as ensuring security-political of the country.

The women honoured with the Vietnam Women Award 2017 have inspired millions of others across the country to work harder and create for the nation’s sustainable development.

The same day, the VWU also organised Women Innovation Day with the themed  “Women engaging in natural disaster risk reduction and climate change response”. The organising board presented certificates of merit to 22 project authors, while funding three most feasible initiatives.

Fifteen female students who recorded the highest scores in the university entrance examination 2017 and a female student winning a silver medal at the International Biology Olympiad 2017 also received certificates of merit.

On the occasion, the VWU also raised funds to support flood-hit residents in northern mountainous provinces.-VNA