UN and Donorsto Fund Special Women's Museum Exhibit

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The size of a giant cheque presented today to the Viet Nam Women's Museum represents the commitment of UN and donor agencies in Viet Nam to the advancement of women, said UN Resident Coordinator Mr Edouard A. Wattez.

Mr Wattez presented the 1.7 metre cheque to Museum director Mme Dao Thi Nhien at a special ceremony to help celebrate International Women's Day.

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Mr Wattez presented the 1.7 metre cheque to Museum director Mme Dao Thi Nhien at a special ceremony to help celebrate International Women's Day.

Contributions for the US$10,000 cheque were made by UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP, World Food Programme, UNHCR, UNAIDS, UNDCP and the International Organisation for Migration, as well as OXFAM Great Britain, the Canadian Embassy, the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation and the National Committee for the Advancement of Women.

“The Government of Viet Nam, through the Women's Union and the National Committee for the Advancement of Women, has shown substantial international initiative in the implementation of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action,” Mr Wattez said.

“It is therefore with great pleasure that we honour this work with the presentation of a cheque today for US$10,000 to develop an exhibition to illustrate this wonderful work and to inform others about it.”

The exhibition will be launched later this year on National Women's Day, 20 October.

“For many years, UN agencies in Viet Nam have been assisting Vietnamese people, in general, and Vietnamese women, in particular, through many development projects,” museum director Mme Nhien said.

“Several of these projects have made a considerable contribution to the advancement of Vietnamese women.”

In a statement released from New York, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said on the occasion of International Women's Day: “We entered a century where women were practically excluded from decision-making; we leave one where the participation of women at senior levels of leadership, national and international, is no longer questioned.

“Yet much remains to be done. As we stand on the threshold of the new millennium, we are confronted by challenges both new and old.”

In a separate activity to help celebrate the last International Women's Day of this Millennium, UN and donor staff and their families in Viet Nam joined special tours of the Women's Museum. Several prizes were raffled at the social function donated by sponsors Viet Nam Airlines, Meritus Westlake, Hanoi Horison Hotel, Hotel Sofitel, Hanoi Daewoo Hotel, Guoman Hanoi, Mosaique, Khaisilk, Cathay Pacific and L's Place.