VOV.VN - A delegation of the Vietnam Women's Union (VWU) led by Nguyen Thi Minh Huong, vice president of the VMU, paid a working visit to France from May 30 to June 1, during which the group help discussions with representatives from international organizations and Vietnamese associations based in France.
On June 1, the delegation and Ambassador Le Thi Hong Van, permanent representative of Vietnam to UNESCO, met with Tamara Rastovac Siamashvili, chairperson of UNESCO's Executive Board, and Begona Lasagabaster, director of UNESCO’s Division of Gender Equality.
The occasion saw Huong inform the UNESCO officials about the guidelines and policies of Vietnam and the country’s socio-economic development over recent years, using the event to highlight the active participation of women across many fields, including female leadership in the administrations at all levels, health care, education, and gender equality.
For her part, Lasagabaster applauded the nation’s experience and economic, cultural, and social development in general, as well as its performance on the issue of gender equality in particular. She welcomed Vietnamese initiatives and support both at UNESCO and international forums.
At an earlier meeting held with leaders of the Vietnamese Embassy in France, Huong affirmed that the overseas Vietnamese community, including Vietnamese women, represent an integral part of the Vietnamese nation.
The VWU has always paid special attention to overseas Vietnamese women, especially in protecting the legitimate rights and dignity of Vietnamese women in interracial marriages and in labour export activities.
Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang and the delegation discussed directions for further co-operation, future exchanges, and connecting the VWU with organisations and individuals in France, thereby calling on financial and technical support for women's activities in Vietnam.
The VWU delegation also worked alongside Vietnamese organisations and associations in France on the role of Vietnamese women abroad in spurring economic development, preserving traditional culture, and promoting Vietnamese language teaching.