More women needed in politics

Update: December, 29/2014 - 09:15
Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan. — Photo VNA

HA NAM (VNS) — Women's participation in politics is key to achieving gender equality as it creates more opportunities for women to make their voices heard, Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan said at a workshop on Saturday in northern Ha Nam Province.

While more and more women were involved in political, economic, social and cultural affairs, efforts were still needed to help women fully benefit from the country's social-economic achievements, she said, citing the lack of public awareness as a major hindrance.

Participants reported that 27.73 per cent of National Assembly members from the Red River Delta were women. In executive boards and standing committees at provincial levels, the rate fell to 11.3 per cent and 7.8 per cent respectively. These figures failed to meet the goal set by the Politburo in Resolution No 11-NQ-BCT on women's affairs in the period of industrialisation and modernisation.

Delegates also discussed the role of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front in ensuring gender equality in elections; the implementation of legal regulations to strengthen the participation of women in politics; and developing female human resources.

By 2020, Viet Nam aims for women to fill at least 25 per cent of posts in Party committees at all levels, 35-40 per cent of seats in the National Assembly and at least 30 per cent of key leadership positions in State and Government agencies. — VNS