Nguyen Thi Binh
Nguyen Thi Binh is the Vice-President of the Socialist republic of Vietnam. Madame Nguyen Thi Binh is recognized as a leading woman in Asia and has played an important role in the liberation of her country during the Vietnam War.
Born in 1927, Madame Nguyen Thi Binh worked as a teacher after completing secondary education. From 1945 to 1951, she took part in various women activities and the movement of students and intellectuals against the French colonialists and American forces. She was arrested and jailed between 1951 and 1953 by the French. After serving her jail term, Madame Nguyen Thi Binh participated in the peace movement for the implementation of the Geneva Agreement.
During the war against the US intervention, she became a member of the Central Committee for the National Front for the Liberation of the South and Vice-Chairperson of the Women liberation Association of the South of Vietnam. In 1969 she served as Foreign Minister of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam.
Madame Nguyen Thi Binh is regarded as a symbol of the women’ s role in the “Resistance War”. After the communist victory in April 1975, she was appointed Minister of Education in united Vietnam. She was elected Vice-President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in 1992 and then re-elected in 1997 and has served as Vietnamese Vice-President again since then.
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Ngo Ba Thanh
A doctor of law, Mrs. Thanh is vice-president of the Vietnamese Lawyers' Association, a deputy to the National Assembly, and a member of the Central Executive Committee of the Viet Nam Women's Union. She is also a member of the presidium of the Viet Nam Motherland Front and vice-president of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Associations. On the international side, Mrs. Thanh is a member of the International Law and Practice American Bar Association, and the French Societe de Legislation Comparee.
Mrs. Ngo Ba Thanh (also known as Dinh Thi Thanh Van) was born in 1930 in Ha Tinh Province. She graduated with doctorates in law from Paris University (France) and Barcelona University (Spain), and studied comparative law at Columbia University (U.S.A.). She has taught law in many universities throughout the world. During the Viet Nam war, Mrs. Thanh was a member of "the third force" she was jailed for five years by the American-supported Saigon government.
The American Biographical Institute (ABI) has chosen Mrs. Ngo Ba Thanh as a "Woman of the Year for 1998." ABI said that the award is based on "Mrs. Ngo Ba Thanh's outstanding accomplishments to date and the noble example she has set for peers and the entire community."