delegation aligns itself with the Statements made by Distinguished
Representative of Thailand on behalf of the G77 and China, and by Distinguished
Representative of Malaysia on behalf of ASEAN.
economic development cannot be inclusive without equality for and empowerment
of the better half of the world population. This is why the 2030 Agenda was
crafted and adopted last year with a stand-alone Goal 5 and a systematic gender
approach to all other SDGs. The full participation of women - who are not
simply beneficiaries but more than agents of change - will ensure the successful
implementation of this transformative Agenda.
delegation strongly believes that our collective efforts to break gender
barriers and end gender-based violence, discrimination and inequality must
include concrete commitments and actions to address persisting and emerging issues such as armed conflics, economic and
social crises and climate change
which are having negative
impacts on the lives of women and girls in many parts of the
Gender equity and equality is one of deeply held values
of the Vietnamese people. Women have always played an indispensable role in the
national construction and defense throughout the history of Viet Nam, as well
as in our economic and social development.
put in place legal and policy frameworks and national institution
for the advancement of women. The Constitution strictly
prohibits gender-based discrimination. 40 gender-mainstreamed acts were adopted in the last five years. The National Committee for the
Advancement of Women is leading efforts in implementing the Strategy and Action
Programme on Gender Equality.
Significal progress has been made to bridge gender gaps.
Vietnamese women make up nearly 50% of the population, over 48% of the
workforce and 25% of business leaders. Women also actively participate in
policy-making and legislative processes, with many in senior leadership
positions. Last July,
first woman was elected as Chair of our National Assembly. There is almost no gender difference in the school enrollment rate and
the gender wage gap has gradually closed in the line with international
and reproductive health and rights of women and girls are better ensured.
Viet Nam is also working closely with international
partners in gender
mainstreaming. During the last Session of the Human
Rights Council, we organized an event on “Educating Women and Girls in Preventing and
Combating Trafficking in Persons”, in collaboration with the Philippines, the United States, Australia, and the IOM.
much progress has been made in Viet Nam, numerous difficulties and challenges remain
to be addressed, particularly climate change and natural disasters. Since late
2015, the Central Highlands and
Mekong Delta of Viet Nam have been dealing with the most serious drought which
hampers access to clean water and sanitation and threatens the livelihood of at
least two million people, most of those are women and girls.
In conclusion, Viet Nam reaffirms its commitments to
spare no effort in implementing
the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the CEDAW and the 2030 Agenda
for a better life of all women and girls around the world.
I thank you, Madame Chair./.