Vietnam ranks 1st in Asia for ratio of women members in national assembly

“Vietnam has set a good example to other countries on the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)” said the UN Secretary Kofi Annan, which is considered as a great encouragement for Vietnam on the way to fully achieve the MDGs.

Over the past 5 years, since President Tran Duc Luong and the representatives from 188 countries signed the commitment to the implementation of the MDGs at the UN Summit in 9/2000, Vietnam has made great efforts and taken initiatives to materialize the 8 MDGs o­n hunger eradication and poverty reduction; primary education popularization; gender equality; mother & children’s health care; HIV/AIDS prevention; sustainable environment protection and establishment of global partnership for development.


Being a signatory State to MDGs, Vietnam has promptly internalized these goals into a system of 12 national development goals and integrating these into annual and every 5 year socio-economic plans.


A survey of household’s living standard showed that the ratio of the poor households in Vietnam has dramatically decreased from 58.1% in 1993 to 24.1% in 2004. Therefore, for 10 years, Vietnam has reduced the poor households by 60%, which passed the MDGs’ target of the year 2015


The goals o­n gender equality, children & mother’s health care have increasingly been concerned and addressed by the Government, thus gained significant achievements. Particularly, the status of the Vietnamese women at present has changed a lot against that of 10 years ago. Vietnam continues to rank the 1st in Asia for its ratio of women members in the National Assembly. In the State agencies, women ministers and women of equal position make up 12.5% while women deputy ministers and women of equal position stands for 9%.


IEC Dept., Central WU