Gender equality on national agenda

Vietnam News

Young volunteers promote gender equality in Dong Xuan Market in Ha Noi. Viet Nam is drafting two national programmes to promote gender equality and social development. — VNA/VNS Photo Duong Ngoc
Young volunteers promote gender equality in Dong Xuan Market in Ha Noi. Viet Nam is drafting two national programmes to promote gender equality and social development. — VNA/VNS Photo Duong Ngoc

HA NOI — In an effort to promote gender equality in Viet Nam, the country is creating a national strategy in order to eliminate gender discrimination.A 10-year national project on gender equality and a five-year national programme, which would encourage women to contribute to the development of the family, community and entire society, are being drafted.

Both projects have been discussed at a number of conferences and workshops held by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA), with the participation of domestic and international experts and relevant organisations.

Another conference is currently taking place in Ha Noi, with the collaboration of MoLISA and the United Nations Fund for Women’s Development, where experts and authorised officials are working together to create the national project and target programme.

The two-day conference is determined to address pressing gender issues that need to be solved as soon as possible, while the country tries to overcome the development gap. Participants are discussing the feasibility of implementing these gender-oriented projects.

Participants at the conference are also discussing the legal parameters that need to be put in place before the introduction of the national strategy and target programme on gender equality.

The two drafts, which are expected to be submitted to the Government for approval that would be effective as early as next year, are being drafted on the basis of existing Government decrees on promoting the role of women in the country’s industrialisation and modernisation process.

The overall plan, which will to be completed by 2020, hopes to ensure equal opportunities and benefits for women so that they will be able to participate in every aspect of society.

Participants yesterday agreed on a strategic plan that would promote awareness about gender equality with the public. The plan would also target managing bodies specifically.

The promotion of gender equality through the creation of policies, laws, programmes and plans for the country’s socio-economic development strategy is an important step that will help lead to gender equality in everyday life.

Since the adoption of the Law on Gender Equality in 2006, the number of women participating in economic and social sectors has increased remarkably. Currently, 30 per cent of the officials are women. Of the 1.5 million labourers that secured employment last year, 48 per cent of them were women.

However, some people in the country still believe women should only continue to fulfil there domestic duties. This attitude is especially common with State workers and leaders.

The implementation of gender equality programmes have not been effective, especially at local levels. Due to this negligence at the local level, women are still suffering from unemployment and poor education and are frequently victims of domestic violence.

Ineffective awareness and knowledge of the laws has led to the lacklustre results from such programmes. The lack of investment in the implementation process for the programmes and ineffective management have resulted in the lack of participation from select localities.

Participants at the conference all agreed that the introduction of the national target programme would be a breakthrough measure that would promote the implementation of the national strategy in the next five years. This plan will also help support the country’s commitment to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Beijing Platform for Action and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. — VNS

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