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Việt Nam calls for end to discrimination against women

Update: October, 30/2020 - 10:56

NEW YORK — Ambassador Đặng Đình Quý, Permanent Representative of Việt Nam to the United Nations, has called on countries to remove barriers to and discrimination against women in peacebuilding and maintenance of peace.

He made the appeal during an online discussion hosted by the United Nations Security Council on Thursday.

The event focused on the Women, Peace, Security Agenda under the chair of Russia, alternate UNSC Chair for October, aiming to share experience, achievements and challenges in the implementation of the agenda and Resolution 1325 over the past two decades.

Hailing progress in the implementation of Resolution 1325 and related resolutions, the ambassador urged countries to support UN Secretary-General António Guterres’s appeal for a global ceasefire and an immediate end to hostile actions everywhere in the world, creating favourable conditions for humanitarian assistance and support for vulnerable people, especially women and girls.

The Vietnamese diplomat highlighted the need to deal with the root causes of conflicts, prevent conflicts as well as build, restore and reconstruct peace following conflicts, adding that countries need to ensure women’s fair participation in every peace and political process from the onset.

Quý also urged international sponsors to provide at least 15 per cent of official development assistance for conflict-hit countries to promote gender equality while continuing to step up the UN’s partnership and effective co-ordination.

On the occasion, he affirmed Việt Nam always values women’s role, citing achievements made by the country in the field.

Participants highlighted the significance of Resolution 1325 and pledged to realise pillars of the agenda related to the resolution at the regional and national levels. They called for increased financial support for women and girls in countries hit by conflicts.

They also shared experience and measures to raise public awareness of the efforts, build national action programmes, enhance training on sexual violence prevention among the UN peacekeeping missions, promote gender equality and empower women for their advancement during the post-conflict period. — VNS

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