Rate of female military officers exceeded set target

The rate of female military officers rate of female officers in the military rose from 2.43 percent to 2.97 percent, exceeded the target set in the action plan for 2016 - 2020 period, according to reports at a conference to review the implementation of the Action Plan "For Women Advancement and Gender Equality" in the military held in Hanoi on November 23.

President of the Vietnam Women's Union Ha Thi Nga and military officers pose for a group photo. Photo: phunuvietnam.vn

The event was held by the Committee for Women Advancement of the Ministry of National Defense and attended by Deputy Defense Minister Senior Lieutenant General Le Chiem, Deputy Director of the General Department of Politics Senior Lieutenant General Tran Quang Phuong, President of the Central Committee of the Vietnam Women's Union Ha Thi Nga, Deputy Minister of Labor, Invalid and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Ha, as well as representatives from defense agencies and units, outstanding female officers and defense workers in the 2016-20 period.  

Colonel Phung Thi Phu, who is in charge of women’s affairs in the army, told the conference, held by the Defence Ministry’s board for women’s progress, that the rate exceeded the target set in the action plan for the period.

Gender gaps in employment within the army have also been narrowed, with women making up half of all employees, she said, adding that among incumbent female officers,15 are associate professors, one won the People’s Artist title, 24 were recognised as eminent teachers and 17 as eminent doctors, and 98 hold doctoral degrees.

During the 2021-2025 period, units will work harder to ensure the fair participation and benefits between women and men in various spheres and promote women’s role, potential, and innovation in the sector.

Attention will be paid to personnel planning and training in an effort to raise the percentage of women in leadership and management posts, the conference heard.

On the same day, the board organised a training course on women’s progress, gender equality, and women’s affairs in the army, with the participation of nearly 200 people.

There are more women engaging in political activities at all levels, with the rate of female parliamentarians reaching 27.1 percent, higher than the global figure of 23.4 percent and the Asian rate of 18.6 percent.

Vietnam has a National Assembly Chairwoman and three female Politburo members for the first time.

Notably, the first Vietnamese female officers have joined UN peace-keeping missions.

Vietnamese women have also proven their role in business and other spheres, with the rate of female labourers standing at 48 percent.

 Song Anh