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In celebration of Women’s International Day–March 8
Vietnamese women further affirm their role in society

Ha Thi Khiet, member of the Party’s Central Committee, President of the Vietnam Women’s Union and Chairwoman of the National Committee for the Advancement of the Vietnamese Women, grants an interview to Vietnam Pictorial.

Ha Thi Khiet (2nd, left),nbsp;
President of Vietnam
Women’s Union, and other members of the Union, visiting Melia Hernaldez, Cuba’s Moncada Heroine
and first Chairwoman of Cuban Committee for
Solidarity with Vietnam.

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Female deputies to the National Assembly.

Madagascar Prime Minister Jacques Syla welcoming Vice President Truong My Hoa (left) (in 2004).

Former Vice President Nguyen Thi Binh (left) receiving Jean Mclean, head of an Australian women’s delegation in Vietnam (in 2001).

Truong Thi Khue (left), Vice President of Vietnam Women's Union, receiving Marcel Colla, President of Belgian Senators' Foreign Committee during the latter's visit to Vietnam.

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Women play an important role in aquatic product for export processing sector.

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Female scientists at the Central Institute of Epidemic Prevention.

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Students of Le Hong
Phong Secondary School in Ho Chi Minh City.

Ha Thi Khiet, member of the Party’s Central Committee, President of the Vietnam Women’s Union and Chairwoman of the National Committee for the Advancement of the Vietnamese Women, grants an interview to Vietnam Pictorial

- Please tell us about the role of Vietnamese women in the nation’s move to industrialization and modernization.

Ha Thi Khiet: A major social and labour force working in all fields, Vietnamese women were quick to adapt themselves to the new mechanism as the country embarked on national industrialization and modernization. They actively approach their new work, improve their working skills and management ability, and apply new scientific and technological outcomes to the production. As a result, women are working in almost every field, including economic spearheads that require high knowledge levels, and their contingent is increasing considerably.

The contingent of leading female officials in national industrialization and modernization is boosted qualitatively and quantitatively, and they are making important contributions to the leadership and the management. Female account for 27.31 percent of the total membership of the ninth National Assembly, an increase of 1.09 percent, maintaining the highest rate in Asian parliaments. The number of female in the People’s Councils at all levels is also increasing.

Over the past five years, the contingent of Vietnamese female intellectuals has obtained a qualitative and quantitative growth. Women now account for 4.3 % of the country’s professors, 7 % of the associate professors, and 14.9 % of the doctors. These figures are quite noteworthy compared to 3.5 %, 5.9 % and 12.1 %, respectively, five years ago. In research establishments, 6.3 % of the managing officials are women, and 10 % of the State-level scientific research projects come under the work of women. Female scientific workers have carried out innumerable study projects to apply scientific and technological advances to production and the shift of the economic structure in the direction of industrialization and modernization. More and more female individuals and groups have been awarded the VIFOTEC Prize by the League of Vietnam Science and Technology Associations and the Creative Labour Certificates by the Vietnam Labour Confederation.

- The Union is now enjoying external relations with over 350 international women associations. Would you brief us on the basic points in the Union’s external activities in 2004 and its orientations in 2005?

Ha Thi Khiet: Among the external activities of the State, those by the Union are prominent. They are diverse and effective. The Union has taken an active part in and organized various conferences in preparation for the report that evaluates the ten years of the implementation of the Beijing Action Platform and Fairness for Development and Peace (Beijing+10). It has also taken part in activities and annual meetings of the International Democratic Women’s League and the network of the female officials in the APEC held in Brazil and Chile. Our bilateral relations with women’s organizations of Cuba, China, Laos and Cambodia have come into the depth, most note worthily the signing of the cooperation agreement with the women’s associations of Laos and Cambodia for peace and freedom in a number of fields. In 2004, the Union received 12 international projects with a total value of USD 242,510, hosted 107 international delegations and sent over 100 delegations abroad.

Not only fulfilling its obligations as a member of the International Democratic Women’s League and the League of the ASEAN Women’s Associations, the Union has also performed its role as a core of those organizations, making active contributions to the activities of the APEC. Currently, the Union has bilateral and multilateral relations with over 350 organizations, international, regional, governmental and non-governmental alike, in nearly 100 countries. Generally speaking, the relationship is expanding and the fields of cooperation are further diversified.

The Union has followed closely the development of the situation in the world, voicing Vietnamese women’s international solidarity to the safeguard of peace and rights of women and children all over the world. For women and children in places that come under embargo, armed conflicts or natural calamities like Cuba, Iraq, Yugoslavia, Palestine and India, the Union has made timely spiritual and material support from donations from millions of Vietnamese women.

The Union has taken advantage of support, help and cooperation from international friends, bringing about practical benefits to the Vietnamese women.

In the time to come, the Central Committee of the Union will take part in the review of the ten years implementing the Beijing Action Strategy, the carrying out of activities after the Beijing+10, and the celebration of the 60th founding anniversary of the International Democratic Women’s League.nbsp;

With all of its efforts coupled with the achievements recorded, foreign activities by the Union in the time to come are sure to be able to contribute to the further acceleration of the international integration by the Union in particular, and by Vietnam in general.

Story: Hoang Chuong