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Forum focuses on women in politics

Update: August, 26/2015 - 09:33
The Viet Nam Women's Union and Asia Foundation yesterday held a workshop in Ha Noi to empower women to participate politically across the Asia-Pacific region. — Photo dangcongsan.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — The Viet Nam Women's Union and Asia Foundation yesterday held a workshop in Ha Noi to empower women to participate politically across the Asia-Pacific region.

It was attended by about 70 representatives from government agencies, political parties, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, organisations fighting for gender equality and researchers from Viet Nam, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, South Korea, the Philippines, the United States, Australia, Canada, and the Netherlands.

The workshop discussed initiatives and solutions to encourage more women to work in politics generally and political governing bodies.

During four discussion panels, speakers exchanged views on how to increase the number of women in parliament and People's Councils as well as support them to take on leadership roles successfully.

In recent years, Viet Nam's movement towards gender equality has made significant success, including early completion of gender equality goals.

The National Strategy on Gender Equality for 2011-20 period focuses on enhancing female participation in managerial and leadership positions, aiming to narrow the gender gap in politics.

An election law newly issued in 2015 states that at least 35 per cent of National Assembly (NA) deputies and People's Councils candidates must be female.

The shared opinions at the workshop will become the basis for the Viet Nam Women's Union's proposal to the Party Central Committee, NA Standing Committee and National Election Committee.

It will put forward policies, mechanisms and regulations on gender equality as well as ways of reaching the target on female personnel in the national election next year. — VNS

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