VN leads in narrowing gender gap (16-05-2009) Female scientists work at a laboratory in the Department of Science and Technology in Tuyen Quang Province. More females are chosen to hold major positions in administrative agencies and companies in Viet Nam. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Na HA NOI — An increased role for women in society would promote their more active and effective participation in socio-economy development, Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan said yesterday. The Vice President, who was speaking at the 19th Global Summit of Women in Santiago, Chile, emphasised that it was essential for global governments to create conditions for women to participate in politics, business and key economic sectors. Appropriate government policies would boost implementation of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and the United Nations’ Millennium Declaration of 2000 intended to promote gender equality and empower women, she said. Viet Nam was among the first-ranked countries for women participating in business, the Vice President said. Viet Nam was also among the fastest of Southeast Asian nations in the alleviation of the gender gap and had been so for the past 20 years. In Viet Nam, the State had seriously honoured all the commitments to women’s progress and gender equality. This had been significant factors in the country’s sustainable development and progress toward a democratic and civilised society, the Vice President said. She suggested the summit propose resolutions and guidelines intended to create gender equality and nurture the role of women in society to all countries and the United Nations….