Global Summit of Women awards influential figures

By Xinhua,

Hanoi : The ongoing 18th Global Summit of Women (GSW) granted here Friday Global Women’s Leadership Award to Mozambique prime minister, Vietnam’s Women’s Leadership Award to a former vice state president, and Entrepreneurship awards to a Japanese businessman, and a Vietnamese woman.

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Luisa Dias Diogo, the first woman prime minister of Mozambique, is well-known for her endless efforts to accelerate poverty reduction, ensure public health, reach gender equality, and foster women’s empowerment. She has urged African health ministers to offer free reproductive and sexual health services throughout Africa, in a move to slash infant and maternal mortality, and curb the spread of HIV and AIDS.

Mozambique is striving to reach gender equality and provide better education for girls, Diogo said after receiving the award, noting that 26 percent of her country’s cabinet members are women.

Truong My Hoa, who used to be vice state president and vice chairwoman of the National Assembly of Vietnam, the country’s top legislature, and chairwoman of the Vietnam’s Women Union, got Vietnam’s Women’s Leadership Award.

At the ceremony, Hoa called on women around the globe to consolidate unity for women liberalization cause, and lessen impacts of wars, conflicts, ignorance, poverty and natural disasters.

The GSW has, for the first time in its 18-year history, granted Entrepreneurship Award to a man, Mitsumasa Kawai, president of Japan’s General Engineering Co. Ltd, for his continuous support for business start-up of women in his country, China and Vietnam.

Another award was given to Tran Thi Thuy, vice president of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry and chairwoman of Vietnam’ s Women Entrepreneurs Council.

The GSW, held in Vietnam for the first time on June 5-7 with the participation of over 900 business women, professional and government leaders from 70 economies, is focusing on two major factors: dynamic Asia-Pacific economies led by China and India, and the important role of women.