ASEAN leaders debate women’s empowerment in digital age

Saturday, 2020-06-27 10:43:54
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Vietnamese Prime Minster Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and Chairwoman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan at an ASEAN Leader’s Special Session as part of the 36th ASEAN Summit on Women’s Empowerment in the Digital Age. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)
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NDO/VNA – Vietnamese Prime Minster Nguyen Xuan Phuc on June 26 chaired an ASEAN Leaders' Special Session on Women’s Empowerment in the Digital Age as part of the 36th ASEAN Summit.

The video conference was organised for the first time as an initiative of Vietnam to affirm ASEAN leaders’ commitment to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment and to enhance the role of women in building the ASEAN Community.

Addressing the gathering, Chairwoman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, who is also Chair of the 41st General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA 41), highly valued the initiatives and strong commitment of ASEAN in promoting the role and rights of women and women’s empowerment in the digital age.

She proposed measures to make progress more effective in the future.

Ngan expressed her belief that ASEAN will continue to take advantage of the region with the world's fast internet growth to enhance the position of women, especially those in charge of leader positions, thus contributing to ensuring gender equality.

At the ASEAN Leader’s Special Session as part of the 36th ASEAN Summit on Women’s Empowerment in the Digital Age. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)

In his remarks, PM Phuc underlined the need for ASEAN to take action to utilise women’s potential and create conditions for them to use their strengths and contribute to development in regional countries in particular and the ASEAN Community in general, especially in the digital age.

The ASEAN Community has affirmed its goal of developing into a community in which everyone is treated equally and the rights of women are promoted and protected, PM Phuc stressed.

ASEAN members have effectively implemented plans and programmes as well as mechanisms on women, towards building a people-centred ASEAN Community, he said.