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Gender equality centre opens

Update: June, 20/2013 - 10:27

HA NOI (VNS)— A centre to promote gender equality and increase the numbers of women in leading roles officially opened yesterday at the Ho Chi Minh Academy of Politics and Public Administration in Ha Noi.

The Centre for Women in Politics and Public Administration (WiPPA) will run programmes and initiatives that promote gender equality in the public sector and in particular increase the numbers of women in senior positions.

It has got support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Viet Nam.

The centre will offer several innovative leadership and management capacity building programmes for women as well as men, using international best practices that are suitable for Viet Nam, according to Dr. Pratibha Mehta, the UN Resident Coordinator.

After completing these training programmes, civil servants and political leaders will be equipped with the right skills, tools and approach necessary to develop, implement and monitor policies and programmes in a gender sensitive manner.

In addition, government bodies will receive advice on policies and practices based on research that not only advances women in their careers but also motivates them to become leaders.

"The innovative activities of WiPPA, such as setting up a mentoring programme between retired members of parliament and potential candidates in the 2016 election, is a significant move forward from traditional training courses," she said.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, the centre's director Luong Thu Hien stressed that the centre would encourage networking programmes nationally and internationally and facilitate mentoring programmes that link current and former senior leaders with future leaders.

The academy's president Ta Ngoc Tan added that he hoped the centre would play an important role in helping achieve the national target of ensuring that at least 35 per cent of representatives in the National Assembly and People's Councils during the 2016-20 term are women and that all Party and government bodies will have women in senior positions by 2020.—VNS

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