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Workshop on women’s empowerment held in Hai Phong

December, 16 2020
MPS - A workshop on Gender Equality, Empowerment of Women and Violence against Women took place on December 15 and 16 in Hai Phong. The event was organized by the UN Women, an UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Delegates at the workshop.

The workshop was attended by nearly 50 delegates from the relevant units under the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) and local police units, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Vietnam Elsbeth Akkerman, Deputy Ambassador of New Zealand to Vietnam Joseph Mayhew and the UN Women.

Speaking at the event, Lieutenant General Nguyen Thanh Son, Director of the Department of Foreign Relations under the MPS, noted that gender equality and empowerment of women in Vietnam has received attention from all sectors and gained various achievements. 

The Public Security Forces of Vietnam have attached importance to gender equality, strengthened the role of female police officers and soldiers, and prevented violence against women over the past years. In return, female police officers and soldiers have made important contributions to national security, social order and safety, and force building.

So far, 35 female public security officers have been given the title “Heroes of People Armed Forces,” 27  female public security officers have been leaders of departments, and one female public security officer has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General.

Delegates also highlighted the importance of the workshop saying that rapid socio-economic changes in recent years, especially in the context of the development of the 4.0 industry, have generated new theoretical and practical issues, and posed both advantages and challenges to gender equality and women's empowerment.

The delegates discussed related issues and provided useful information and international experiences of gender equality in the Asia – Pacific region, reviewed the role of women in law enforcement in ASEAN countries and the role of female public security officers in Vietnam. They also listened to experience in practicing gender equality and preventing violence against women in Australia, the UK, New Zealand and Laos. 

by Minh Hoang