The session, initiated by the nation, is designed to affirm the commitment of ASEAN leaders to promoting gender equality and the role of women in building the ASEAN Community and the overall socio-economic development of the bloc.
The occasion will also mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.
During the third ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Women with the theme of “Social Protection for Women and Girls: Toward the ASEAN Community Vision 2025” which was held in Hanoi in 2018, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc highlighted the important role in society played by women, noting that each of them must enjoy equal rights in both family and society.
Since the foundation of ASEAN in 1967, women have made considerable contributions to the growth and prosperity of each of its member countries.
They have all been striving to improve their role and position, with notable milestones including the establishment of the ASEAN Community Women’s Circle in Hanoi in 2015 which saw the grouping of wives and female officials of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, along with representative offices of ASEAN member countries in Hanoi.
The past five years has seen the group organise a range of cultural activities and people-to-people exchanges, therefore contributing to enhancing intra-bloc connectivity.
The nation is one of the members that boasts great achievements in terms of gender equality, which have ultimately contributed to spurring national socio-economic development.
In an effort to promote gender equality and increase social security for women and girls, the Government has carried out and integrated relevant regional initiatives and priorities into various national schemes and projects.
It has spent approximately 2.6% of national gross domestic product (GDP) annually on policies and programmes aimed at providing social assistance and security for both women and girls.
Moreover, the nation has made plenty efforts to implement the Law on Gender Equality 2006 and the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
A national strategy outlining gender equality for the 2011 to 2020 period has been promulgated with a view of raising public awareness of gender equality, narrowing the gender gap, and improving women’s position in society.