|A ceremony was held yesterday to mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of IPU's Meeting of Women Parliamentarians as well as 20 years of the implementation of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. — Photo VNA
HA NOI (VNS) — A ceremony was held yesterday to mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of IPU's Meeting of Women Parliamentarians as well as 20 years of the implementation of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.
Both events aimed at achieving greater equality and opportunity for women.
"If you are a MP, use your power you have to make the world we want, join women everywhere to create a better world for all women and all of us through our actions," said Margaret Mensah Williams, Chairwoman of the IPU Meeting of Women Parliamentarians.
She called for action on the protection of the women rights with a goal to bring equality to all women and girls around the world.
Addressing the event, which was organised under the auspices of the IPU-132, Deputy Chairwoman of Viet Nam's National Assembly, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, noted that the establishment of the women parliamentarians' group in 1986 was the culmination of a 1978 initiative. It has since become an official and regular event at IPU assemblies.
Ngan said the meeting was a forum for members to exchange information and experiences, to talk openly to each other about topics of mutual concerns and voice their views on all IPU issues.
"After 30 years, the women parliamentarians group has seen increased participation of female members at the IPU general assembly, from 10 per cent in the initial years to over 30 per cent recently," Ngan said.
"As this year also marks the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the women parliamentarians group is proud of its initiatives that have contributed actively to implementing the declaration," she added.
National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung said at the ceremony said that since joining the IPU in 1979, the Vietnamese parliament had actively and responsibly contributed to the meetings of women parliamentarian group.
"Gender equality and empowering women have always been a consistent policy in Viet Nam," he said, adding, "the Beijing declaration and action platform as well as other international pledges have been institutionalised in Viet Nam's legal system."
The Vietnamese women parliamentarians' group was established since 2008 and attracted the involvement of many male delegates, he said.
Viet Nam will continue its strong support for the group and urge IPU and its members to do likewise, by enhancing women's position in parliaments and IPU activities, he said.
Vietnamese Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan said that efforts and achievements in empowering women the world over had borne fruit.
"In 2015, we have 15 women who are State and Government leaders worldwide," she said.
"The rate of working women has been increasing rapidly with 50 per cent now doing paid jobs."
She also noted that the gender gap in primary education in developing countries had been nearly eliminated and the number of girls continuing education after primary school had increased.
"Such achievements are the result of the world communities' efforts, including contributions by the IPU Women Parliamentarians Meeting," she said.
Viet Nam had also made important progress in boosting gender equality, having become one of the Asian countries with many women parliamentarians, she said, adding that the number of female CEOs in Viet Nam ranked second in the ASEAN.
Equality for all
"We, women parliamentarians celebrating the 30th anniversary of the IPU Meeting of the Women Parliamentarians, believe we can and must create a better world for all women and all of us through our actions," Williams said.
"We, representatives of our people and our parliaments and supervisors of governments commit to create a world to treat women and girls as equal as men and boys at all ages and in all fields," she added.
She called on parliamentarians to fight injustice, inequality and discrimination to commit to use their power to protect the equality of women and girls all over the world. — VNS