HA NOI (VNS)— The Viet Nam Women's Union (VWU) met in Ha Noi on Saturday to mark the 104th anniversary of International Women's Day and present the 2013 Kovalevskaia Science Awards.
Politburo member Le Hong Anh, a Permanent member of the Party Central Committee's Secretariat, in his opening remarks, hailed generations of Vietnamese women for their dedication throughout the history of the nation.
He also praised the contributions of Vietnamese female academics whose scientific findings have helped boost the nation's progress.
Further, Anh expressed his belief that female scientists will uphold their sense of creativity and responsibility to produce more research, inspiring younger generations to delve into the sciences.
In line with the day's theme, "Equality for women is progress for all", Anh vowed to provide complete support for women to help them be appointed to more positions in local Party Committees and State organisations.
He asked all units concerned to work to assure the equality, advancement and development of Vietnamese women.
This year's Kovalevskaia Awards were presented to Le Thi Luan, Deputy Director of the Ministry of Health's Centre for the Research and Production of Vaccines and Biology, and Nguyen Thi Bich Thuy, former Director of the Transport Ministry's Institute for Transport Science and Technology.
The VWU Central Committee also awarded certificates of merit to 16 women who successfully defended their doctorate theses.
Named after Sofia Kovalevskaia - a distinguished Russian female mathematician in the 19th century, the prestigious award has been conferred upon 41 Vietnamese women and 16 organisations over the past 29 years. — VNS