Australian Ambassador discusses women in leadership with Vietnamese Peacekeepers

October 20, 2021 | 08:56
Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Robyn Mudie met with Vietnamese peacekeepers preparing to deploy on United Nations peacekeeping missions in Africa. Ambassador Mudie arrived at Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations on the invitation of the director of the Department Major General Hoang Kim Phung to discuss bilateral Defence cooperation and meet with female peacekeepers who have deployed overseas or are preparing to deploy.
Australian Ambassador discusses women in leadership with Vietnamese Peacekeepers
Robyn Mudie, the Australian Ambassador to Vietnam and Major General Hoang Kim Phung, director general of Vietnam’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations discussed cooperation areas to be promoted in the upcoming time

Coverage of the visit was screened on Quoc Phong Vietnam television channel on October 18 to celebrate Vietnam Women’s Day.

Also marking the importance of Vietnam Women’s Day during the visit, Ambassador Mudie spoke to the peacekeepers about the role of women in society and the opportunities and challenges those roles represent. The female peacekeepers in turn shared their perspective on women in the military and in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations and the opportunities and challenges they faced.

Ambassador Mudie is a strong supporter of gender equality, women’s empowerment, and women in leadership. While talking to the female peacekeepers, Ambassador Mudie complimented the important role that these women fill now and on Peacekeeping missions: “As part of the first generation of Vietnam’s peacekeeping deployments, you are contributing to Vietnam’s history, and the global story of women’s vital role in peace and security. In the Peacekeeping environment you are safe to approach for women and girls, you are a comfortable and dignified source of medical and health care and you understand what weighs on women’s minds.”

Australian Ambassador discusses women in leadership with Vietnamese Peacekeepers
Robyn Mudie, the Australian Ambassador to Vietnam was with female Vietnamese peacekeepers in front of vehicles equipped for the UN mission in Africa

Australia is proud to have provided strategic airlift support to all three of Vietnam’s Level 2 Field Hospitals which have deployed to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. Vietnam’s peacekeeping in Africa complements its important role as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021 term. Australia recognises Vietnam’s key role as the co-chair of the ADMM+ Expert Working Group on Peacekeeping Operations and is pleased that Vietnam has been including women, peace, and security as a key topic in this forum.

Vietnam Women’s Day begins gender month for the Australian Embassy, highlighting the importance of gender equality and empowering women and girls across the breadth of Australia’s development, diplomatic, trade and commercial, and people to people priorities in our partnership with Vietnam.

By Australian Embassy in Vietnam

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