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The visit to Italy of the Vietnam Women's Union Delegation opens up opportunities for cooperation
Posted: Apr 25,2019
President of Vietnam Women's Union Nguyen Thi Thu Ha with Undersecretary of State at the Prime Minister’s Office responsible for equal opportunities (Photo: VNA)

A delegation of the Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU) led by its President Nguyen Thi Thu Ha paid a visit to Italy on March 21-26.

While in Italy, the delegation attended working sessions with leaders of Italian government agencies at central and city levels, especially Secretary-General of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Elisabetta Belloni, President of the Foreigner and European Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Deputies Marta Grande, along with Undersecretary of State at the Prime Minister’s Office responsible for equal opportunities.

At the sessions, the two sides expressed their delight as the Vietnam-Italy strategic partnership has enjoyed positive developments during the past time. on behalf of the VWU Delegation, President Nguyen Thi Thu Ha thanked the authorities of Italy and Venice that gave the delegation an enthusiastic welcome and an effective work program, especially those related to gender equality.

The Vietnamese delegation was delighted by Italy's achievements in gender equality and women's empowerment, such as Italy is among countries with highest number of female members in the parliament, only after Northern European nations; female leaders in public agencies and private companies listed on the stock exchange increased from 6% to 33.5% …

Although there are cultural issues and gender stereotypes in culture, Italy has many initiatives to increase the percentage of women in scientific researches; system of social services, nationwide shelters supporting victims of human trafficking ... Regarding the assurance of opportunities for women in politics, the Italian Election Law stipulates that an election list must be included both men and women, and in the locality, valid votes must include 1 male and 1 female candidates if there are 2 people in the list ...

During the meetings, VWU President Nguyen Thi Thu Ha introduced an overview of Vietnam's socio-economic development achievements over the years, along with the VWU and its concerns.

The Italian side also expressed deep impression on the VWU results of activities.They agreed to continue to exchange information and experience on gender equality and female human resources, as well as to connect and build up the cooperation between the VWU and Italian partners.

Leaders of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also informed the Vietnamese delegationthe High Level Dialogue on ASEAN Italy Economic Relations with , which is scheduled in Hanoi this June. They consented to considerthe possibility of organising a side event of the dialogue.

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 President Nguyen Thi Thu Ha and members of the VWU delegation at the working session with Italian President of the Foreign and European Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Deputies Marta Grande (Photo: VNA)

 
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VWU Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Thu Hawith Italian President of the Foreign and European Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Deputies Marta Grande (Photo: VNA)


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 The delegation of the VWU works with the leaders of Venice.

 

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Our people are grateful that our mothers from South and North alike have borne and raised our nation's generation of heroes....

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(Excerpted from President Ho Chi Minh's speech on the 36th Anniversary of Vietnam Women's Union 20 October 1966)

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