Vietnam’s new female president would do little for women’s rights – activists

DESPITE Vietnam’s move to install its first female president recently, activists said the appointment would do little to improve women’s rights. The appointment of Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh was named acting president on Sunday following the death of Tran Dai Quang, a former chief of internal security who took the post in 2016. “I think while Ngoc Thinh’s appointment is symbolically important, its wider significance is limited to some women who are Communist Party members,” said activist and dissident Do Nguyen Mai Khoi, as quoted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. SEE ALSO: Vietnam: New bridge is a walk through the ‘hands of Gods’ “We should however remember that, as an unelected leader who is not accountable to the public, this appointment is not likely to improve conditions for most women in Vietnam.” In a survey last year conducted by the Genveva-based Inter-Parliamentary Union last year, Vietnam ranked 61 out 193 countries...


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