Vietnam’s election to UN Women Board: A well-deserved appointment with strides to address gender disparities

WVR - The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) recently elected Vietnam to the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) for the term 2025-2027. On this occasion, Ms. Caroline T. Nyamayemombe, UN Women Representative in Vietnam sent messages about Vietnam's efforts to promote gender equality in recent times, as follows.
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Vietnam is elected to the UN Women Executive Board for the 2025-2027 term. (Photo: VNA)

Outstanding achievements

I extend my heartfelt congratulations to Vietnam on its election to the UN Women Executive Board for the term of 2025-2027. This is a significant international recognition of Vietnam's steadfast commitment to gender equality and women's empowerment. It also underscores the strong partnership between Vietnam and UN Women at both national and global levels.

Secondly, it is a well-deserved appointment given that Vietnam has made strides in recent years to address gender disparities and advance women's rights across various sectors, including legislation, politics, education, and employment.

The Government of Vietnam has maintained its momentum on advancing gender equality. Since adopting the SDGs we have seen Vietnam's world ranking on Gender equality increasing from 83rd to 72nd out of 146 countries (2023,World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index). Despite the challenges that persist, I can cite four notable improvements since adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals:

Vietnam has continued to strengthen its policy and legal framework on gender equality. For instance, the Law supporting SME growth (2017); Amendments to the Domestic Violence and Protection law (2022); The Labour Code amendment (2019).

Vietnam has increased women’s political participation in the 2021 election, with the proportion of female deputies in the National Assembly increasing to 30% - the highest since 1976, higher than the global average of 25%.

Vietnam has among the highest female labour force participation in the world. It is almost as high as men’s (72 per cent for women compared to 82 for men).

Vietnam recently adopted its first National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security in January 2024 and has been surpassing the set target of female participation in peacekeeping operations contribution.

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Caroline T. Nyamayemombe, UN Women Representative in Vietnam. (Photo: UN Women)

Inspirational story

The Executive Board offers intergovernmental support and oversees the operational activities of UN Women, in alignment with the overarching policy directives of the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, and in adherence to the responsibilities delineated in the Charter of the United Nations. Furthermore, it is tasked with ensuring that UN Women remains attuned to the needs and priorities of recipient nations.

During the 2025-2027 Board term, UN Women will adopt a new global strategy which will seek to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, of which gender equality is central.

Given Vietnam’s own track record and history, it will bring a wealth of insights pertinent to the promotion of gender equality from its richly diverse population and a distinctive socio-cultural milieu. For instance, Vietnam has managed to reduce multidimensional poverty and achieve middle income status, yet currently, 10.3 per cent of women globally live in extreme poverty.

There are challenges and opportunities within digital and energy transitions and enhancing women’s participation in climate change, politics, global peace and stability. Vietnam can share its own journey and inspire other nations. These contributions are invaluable for informing innovative approaches and partnerships to advance gender equality and women's empowerment.

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