PARIS (VNS) — Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan on Thursday spoke at the opening ceremony of the 24th Global Summit of Women (GSW) in Paris, in which she stressed that diffidence was one of the main challenges women had to overcome to reach gender equality.
Barriers in the national laws, as well as misconceptions about the role of women in family and society also contributed to inequality, Doan said, adding that societies could not achieve sustainable development without the efforts of women.
She also highlighted the great contributions of Vietnamese women to the country's socio-economic development, particularly in the restructuring of its economic growth model.
The GSW, held annually since 1990, aims to strengthen international awareness of gender equality and boost the role of women in all aspects of life, particularly in economic affairs.
This year's largest-ever event has attracted the participation of more than 1,300 delegates from 81 nations and territories worldwide.
On this occasion, Doan led the Vietnamese delegation to pay a floral tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his monument in Montreuil city, where he lived during the early years of the 20th century.
Doan also met Montreuil Governor Patrice Bessac, who expressed his hope to further strengthen connections between the two countries, and between Montreuil and Vietnamese localities, and join efforts to tackle the effects of the Agent Orange/dioxin in Viet Nam.
Bessac also stated that the French Communist Party hoped current issues in the East Sea, following China's illegal placement of a giant State-owned oil rig in Vietnam's waters, would be resolved through peaceful negotiations in accordance with international law. — VNS