BAC LIEU (Bernama) – Vietnam’s National Assembly chairwoman Tong Thi Phong said promoting gender equality in the political area will create more opportunities for women, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reports.
Tong highlighted gender equality as a fundamental human right and an important measure of social progress during a workshop held in Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu on Sunday.
Vietnam has worked hard to build a legal framework and implement national strategies in gender equality.
Chapter II of the constitution stipulates human rights including gender equality of all citizens.
Tong said that by approving the Law on Gender Equality in 2006, the Vietnamese legislature has shown its strong commitment to promoting gender equality as vital to the country’s socio-economic development.
Participants at the workshop proposed a range of measures to boost involvement of women in political issues.
Vietnam is targeting for women to fill at least 25 per cent of posts in party committees at all levels and 35 to 40 per cent of seats in the National Assembly by 2020.
State and governments agencies are aiming for women to occupy at least 30 per cent of key leadership positions.a