Women Power on the Frontlines: Vietnamese Female UN Officers Making a Difference 

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Today, we have some truly inspiring stories to share about the remarkable experiences of Vietnamese female UN officers serving in the United Nations peacekeeping mission. Let’s dive into these stories. 

First, we have one outstanding officer is Lieutenant Colonel Lương Thị Trà Vinh, the first female police officer from Vietnam to be deployed as a staff officer at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. Vinh finds this experience incredibly rewarding, as it has opened up numerous new opportunities for her.

As Vinh approaches the halfway mark of her mission term, she continues to cherish every moment in Africa. This opportunity allows her to work in the field, in a country torn by conflict, where she can interact with many international friends, learn from them, and express herself.

Vinh takes immense pride in representing Vietnam and the Vietnamese female public security in an international environment. This opportunity serves as a chance for her to embody the image of United Nations peacekeeping officers and showcase Vietnam to the host country while gaining a deeper understanding of the aspirations and desires of the local people.

Now, let us shift our attention to another extraordinary officer, Captain Đỗ Huyền Trang, who serves as a combat advisory staff officer in the Central African Republic.

Captain Trang highlights the tendency of local residents to be more open and share more with female soldiers from the mission rather than their male counterparts. In conflicts with hidden risks, women and children are often the most vulnerable. When these individuals confide in female soldiers, they tend to open up more.

Captain Trang emphasizes the strengths that women possess, such as adaptability, patience, and resilience, which help defuse tense conflict situations where parties are inclined towards hostility.

In addition to the advantages of working in the United Nations peacekeeping mission, Captain Trang also sheds light on the risks that female soldiers face.

She mentions the inadequate infrastructure for transportation and the shortage of basic amenities like electricity and water. There are times when they go for a whole week without water, having to fetch it from the command headquarters or purchase it externally. Women who participate in peacekeeping missions are also more prone to injuries compared to their male counterparts.

Despite the challenges they encounter, these Vietnamese women in peacekeeping missions always maintain their passion for this noble duty. The Ambassador for Women, Peace, and Security of Canada recognizes the powerful contribution of Vietnamese women in the United Nations peacekeeping force, as it enhances the role of women in building long-term peace and prosperity.

Once again, we extend our gratitude for your presence today, and we encourage you to stay connected with Vietnam Untold for more insightful stories and updates.