Australia launches equality strategy in Vietnam | Company

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Hanoi (VNA) –
The Australian Embassy on Nov. 11 held a launch event for the Vietnam Equality Strategy for 2022-2027, aimed at strengthening Australia’s efforts in promoting gender equality, l empowerment of women and girls, social inclusion of people with disabilities, ethnic minority groups, and LGBTI

Addressing the event, Australian Ambassador Andrew Goledzinowski said that as Vietnam has set itself the goal of becoming a high-income country by 2045, it will need to find new sources of growth and resilience, while ensuring sustainability.

Ensuring that all segments of society can participate in the economy and reach their full potential will be essential for Vietnam’s next stage of development, he stressed.

The diplomat said the strategy aims to reaffirm the two countries’ commitments in many areas, including human rights, women‘s leadership, security and economic empowerment, etc.

Promoting equality enables Vietnamese from all parts of the country to contribute to Vietnam’s continued development, he said, affirming that the Australian government is always ready to support Vietnam in this process.

Meanwhile, Christine Clarke CSC, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, said the country will continue to be present as inequalities against women and girls continue.

Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Nguyen Van Hoi, hailed the role Australian Embassy in Vietnam plays in promoting relations between the two countries and bilateral cooperation in
gender equality.

He highlighted Vietnam’s progress in promoting gender equality in all fields, noting that women hold 30.26 percent of the total number of seats in the National Assembly, ranking 60th out of 193 countries in this regard.

Hoi cited data from the July 2022 World Economic Forum report showing that Vietnam ranks 83rd out of 146 countries in the gender equality index, up 4 steps from 2021, with an improvement in women’s empowerment, health care and education indicators.

australia Equality strategy is built around the value of “equality” to support the rights of all people to get the most out of their lives – with dignity, safety and respect./.

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