Vietnam ensures gender equality, safety for women, children

A dialogue on gender equality and safety for women and children took place in Hanoi on Wednesday, drawing more than 500 students.

Participants discussed laws on gender equality, the role of Vietnamese women in society, discrimination in the workplace, employment, violence against women, and reproductive health. In response to students' questions regarding the Youth Union's role in these issues, Mr. Le Quoc Phong, First Secretary of the Youth Union, said: The Youth Union, the Vietnam Women's Union, and the Vietnamese Students' Association consider ensuring gender equality their central task. In their work, the organizations focus on expanding the dialogue on the role of and supporting female members of the Youth Union and girls in remote areas. We have presented awards dedicated to female students who have excelled in science and technology.

According to Ms Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, Chairwoman of the Vietnam Women's Union, Vietnam has achieved much progress in ensuring gender equality in recent years. She said: Vietnam has implemented several legal measures on promoting gender equality. The rate of female NA deputies is nearly 27% and the rate of businesswomen has also increased. The number of female politicians, scientists, professors and associate professors has increased 2.6 fold in 10 years. Vietnam is one of 10 countries in the Asia Pacific region that have achieved MDGs, which include those concerning gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Source: VOV5