Next week: Will financial reward help tackle the gender gap?
A proposal recently made by authorities suggests offering financial rewards to families that only have daughters. This implies the sex ratio in Viet Nam is growing at an alarming rate. In 2014 the average ratio was 114 boys to 100 girls, and possibly up to 150:100 in some areas.
It also highlights the traditional Vietnamese preference of having a son, despite efforts made by the Government in recent years to promote the role of women in society.
Do you think that such kind of reward really can solve such a deep-rooted gender bias? Have you ever experienced or witnessed any bias against women in Viet Nam? Does your country also have a gender gap? What does your government do to eradicate the gender gap and raise public awareness about the role of women?
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