Vietnam and Spain talk co-operation in gender equality

Spain will co-operate and share experiences with Vietnam in promoting progress and equality for women, said Spanish Secretary of State for International Co-operation Soraya Rodriguez Ramos.

Ramos made the statement while meeting with Chairwoman of the Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU) Central Committee Nguyen Thi Thanh Hoa in the capital city of Hanoi o­n February 23.

Hoa highlighted the results of recent co-operation between the two nations, especially in the field of gender equality. She singled out projects designed to support rural women by providing them with cows, assisting female victims of domestic violence, increasing the number of female officials and building models of supervision o­n gender equality.

The chairwoman said Vietnam’s achievements in terms of gender equality and women’s progress were partly attributable to Spain’s support, which not o­nly helped local women step up economic development and enhance their role but also improve the quality of their lives and their integration into society.

Hoa spoke highly of Spain’s successes in its struggles for gender equality, particularly in increasing the proportion of female officials in the state apparatus.

The VWU will continue to organise activities to assist local women in preventing domestic violence and human trafficking, as well as setting up reliable centres for victims of violence in community, she said.

Ramos told her host that the meeting was important for Spain and Vietnam to boost co-operation in the areas of gender equality, women’s integration into the community and the struggle for women’s rights.

The Spanish official also praised the VWU’s role and the activities it has carried out for the sake of progress and equality for women.