Women accompany with military and people to achieve Dien Bien Phu victory

In the historic Dien Bien Phu victory, there had a significant contribution of the resilient and indomitable Vietnamese women.
Nung ethnic women transporting ammunition to the Northeast campaign in 1949

According to statistics, among the 18 campaigns during the resistance war against the French colonialists, women contributed a total of 9,578,000 workdays. Specifically, during the Dien Bien Phu campaign, women contributed over 2.3 million workdays, accounting for 50% of the total ones. These were the female logistics workers, artists, performers, nurses, daughters, wives, and mothers from all over the country, who supported the soldiers. Even the French colonialists admitted, "You won because you had the people, not only men but also women, present on the front lines."

Despite hardships and dangers, tens of thousands of women enthusiastically joined the youth volunteer teams to build roads, transport food, medicine to the battlefield and take care of the wounded…They are not only Kinh women but also women from various ethnic groups such as Tay, Nung, Thai, Hmong, Dao, Hoa, Puoc, and Xa.

All ethnic minority groups serving in the Dien Bien Phu campaign, 1954

In addition to production, women actively mobilized all resources for the campaign, donated warm clothes to logistics workers. Farmer women, despite natural disasters, enemy sabotage and oppression, stayed in villages to increase rice production and support the front lines.

Mountainous people transporting food to the Dien Bien Phu front

The enormous contributions of women in the Dien Bien Phu campaign are countless. Undeniably, women always supported and accompanied with the Party, army, and people, contributing to the national victories.

Seventy years have passed, the nation's history always acknowledges extraordinary contributions of women. They were integral to the glorious milestone - the Dien Bien Phu Victory that “resounded throughout the five continents and shook the globe”.

People transporting ammunition to the Dien Bien Phu front

Translated by VWU International Relations Dept.