Interview with Vice-president of the Vietnam Women’s Union about 18th Global Summit Women
Reporter: What is the meaning of Global
Mrs. Nguyen Thi Kim Thuy: Global Summit of Women is an international forum to connect female entrepreneurs, experts, government leaders from all countries over the world. After 18 years of operation, Global Summit of Women has become a reputable international forum that links and assembles prestigious and influential women to petition to Governments about the solution for business problems and gender equality in the global economy.
This Summit is held annually and rotated up to continents. This year,
As a host country for 18th summit and as a new member of WTO, it is a very good chance for
In order to prepare this event, the
Up to now the preparation has been completed. According to the information from the International Planning Committee, there are more than 600 participants from 60 countries, registered which include the high-ranking women in Government such as: Mozambique Prime Minister, the First Lady of Bukina Faso and around 33 women ministers and deputy ministers.
Reporter: Couldyou please provide information about the roles, status and achievements of Vietnamese women during the renovation as well as the challenges they are facing?
Mme. Nguyễn Thị Kim Thúy: The Party and State of Vietnam always appreciate and issuevarious policies to promote women’s roles and status; Besides, women themselvesalso try their best to improve their capacity to effectively contribute their efforts to the family and society. Therefore, in the cause of national renovation, Vietnamese women have gained lots of significant achievements in all areas.
Accounting for 49.95% of labor forces in agriculture–forestry-pisciculture production, 36.69% in industry and construction, 51.8% in services; 25% in entrepreneurs, Vietnamese women have made great contributions to socio-economic development, particularly in poverty alleviation.
Women’s educational levels and capacity have been increasingly with 40.23% of B.A degree and above (PhD: 9.78%, M.A: 30.53%); especially, the number of girl students who get the top-ranking in the Universities is at high percentage.
With their quality, capacity and prestige, women make up quite high rate in the elective bodies (National Assembly: 25.7%; People’s Council of provincial level: 23.8%, district level: 23.01% and commune level: 19.53%). Many women hold important positions in leading agencies of the Party, State and mass organizations at all levels.
However, being a poor country and in theprocess of development and integration, frequently sufferring from natural calamities, Vietnam country as well asVietnamese women are facing with many challenges and difficulties as follows:
- The issues of poverty and underemployment
- Low educational and professional levels of the most women laborers
- Limited health care facilities for women, children and ageing people
- Influences of social problems to women such as: drug, prostitution, women & children trafficking, domestic violence…
- Gender inequality still exists.
Reporter: Could you please introduce an exemplary of female entrepreneur in
Vice President Nguyen Thi Kim Thuy: It is not easy for me to introduce a typical female entrepreneur in Vietnam as during the renovation period of Viet Nam, many businesswomen become success, tens of them receive honorable name of hero; hundredsreceive Golden Rose Prize, Viet Nam Women Prize, and Exemplary Enterprise Title… Each businesswoman with herown success is an exemplary mirror of will, energy, creative power and humane feeling.
To meet your request, we will recommend one of them. She is Mrs. Nguyen Thi Mai Thanh, the board chairwoman and the general director of Refrigeration Electrical Engineering Joint Stock Company (
Ms. Mai Thanh was born in 1952. She is an engineer, graduated from
Since 1993, under her leadership, REE company becomes an pioneer and reaches many success in implementing the policy of renovating and developingenterprise:
REE company is the first Vietnamese state-owned enterprise equitizingcompany as pilot; the first enterprise which issuedconversion bond to foreign countries successfully; the first company produces air-condition with