Statement by Mr. Pham Hai
Anh, Third Secretary
at the Third Committee of
the Sixty-Second General Assembly
Item 63: Advancement of
New York, 15 October 2007
At the outset, my
delegation wishes to fully associate itself with the statement made by the
distinguished representative of Pakistan on behalf of the G77 and China. My
delegation also wishes to thank the Secretary General for the reports under the
current agenda item.
Much of the focus of last
year’s discussion, including our statement, was on violence against women in
light of the Secretary General’s in-depth study. This year, we noted with
appreciation the intensification of efforts by different entities of the UN
system, in particular through the timely establishment of the Task Force on
Violence against Women and the launch of the United Nations Action against
Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict. We sincerely hope that these endeavours would
contribute to the effective coordination and collaboration among various UN
entities in order for them to play a more visible role in the fight to eliminate
violence against women. My delegation wishes to voice it support for the
Secretary General’s global campaign on violence against women to be launched
later this year.
One year after the
launching of the study, violence against women is no less pervasive and still
remains “one of the most serious challenges of our time”. Concerted and
unswerving efforts must be undertaken to comprehensively address this situation,
especially at the national and local levels.
At present, the 12th
Session of the Vietnamese National Assembly is discussing in details various
provisions of the Draft Law on Domestic Violence with a view to preventing and
punishing acts of domestic violence, particularly those committed against women
and children, and to protecting and assisting victims of violence, with due
consideration of long-term solution to each. situation.
Building on our commitment
to the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcome of the
Twenty-Third Special Session of the General Assembly, Viet Nam continues to
exert utmost efforts to achieve gender equality and the advancement of women in
all aspects of life.
Gender mainstreaming, as is defined in
the Law on Gender Equality, which was adopted last year, is being conducted
through relevant policies and activities of all government bodies. Recognizing
that gender equality and the advancement of women are crucial elements to and of
the nation’s socio-economic development, the Comprehensive Poverty Reduction and
Growth Strategy (Viet Nam’s PRSP) has been heralded as the most gender
responsive strategy to date in Viet Nam. The Socio-Economic Development Plan for
2006-2010 is the first 5-year plan that incorporates gender perspectives.
Currently, based on the National Strategy and the 5-year National Plan of Action
for the advancement of women, the ministries and agencies of the central
government and 64 provinces are completing and implementing their respective
plans of action in order to achieve national targets in a synergetic manner. The
respective Committees for the Advancement of Women established under all
ministries, agencies and local government bodies are actively advising and
assisting the heads of these agencies in mainstreaming gender perspectives in
their respective work.
Vietnamese women continue to play an
active and important role in the decision-making at all levels and comprise
25.76% of deputies of the National Assembly, above 23% of members of People’s
Councils at provincial and district levels. Eight training courses were
conducted for women candidates to the National Assembly this year to better
equip future women members with the gender agenda. During the elections to the
National Assembly earlier this year, information campaigns on gender equality
were carried out by the National Committee for the Advancement of Women.
In order to achieve gender
equality, advancement and socio-economic development for all women, particular
attention should be paid to women in especially difficult situations, including
women in rural areas. The Plan of Action for the Advancement of Women for
2006-2010 aims to reduce the proportion of poor female-headed households by 50%
through, inter alia, providing access to loans from the National Poverty
Reduction Programme for at least 80% of poor female-headed households and
ensuring that women will comprise 50% of those who have access to loans from the
Social Policy Bank.
In line with nation-wide efforts, the
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has adopted the Gender Strategy
and Plan of Action in Agriculture and Rural Development to 2010, aiming at
coordinating and promoting efforts of agencies at all levels, mass organizations
and individuals to realize gender equality in agriculture and rural areas. The
2006-2010 Plan of Action for Administrative Reform of the Ministry, has
incorporated gender perspectives and the needs of rural poor women in targeted
indicators for institutional reform. It is believed that this would help develop
a modern, effective and easily accessible administrative system, through which
rural poor women would be able to benefit more from economic and social progress
of the country.
Alongside with the
national trend, women in rural areas are becoming more active in making
decisions for themselves and the communities. At the communal level, women
comprise of 20% of the People’s Councils, an increase of 3% as compared to the
previous tenure. Basic needs of rural women, such as access to infrastructure,
land, finance, healthcare and education continue to be accorded high priority in
various normative acts, programmes and projects.
Before concluding, Mr.
Chairman, the goals of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the
outcome of the Twenty-Third Special Session of the General Assembly can only
become reality for all women in all corners of the world if consistent and
persevere efforts are undertaken in a concerted manner at all levels, with due
consideration of women in special circumstances.
Thank you for your